Black and Blue Bamboo Periodic Newsletter | May 2018 | www.blackandbluebamboo.com | Metro Group Inc. ©
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(April 12--a black bamboo sprout)
You were patient. You planted your bamboo two, maybe three years ago when it was about, say, six feet tall. The plant itself grew, filled out and sprouted its own tall thin poles that months later yielded more sprouts. To save from transplanting later, you directed the growth with either ground insertion boundaries or you planted next to sidewalk or driveway. They followed the "bamboo trail" you made for them so they eventually will turn it into an almost impenetrable barrier. cont. right.
Now, you can direct bamboo to where you want it to propagate or grow and spread such as next to a drive as pictured below. This particular stand of Golden sprouted heavily in its third year and has broken out with many sprouts down the edge of the drive this year.
Also, this stand began with only one bare (meaning no shoots were on it at all) 8 inch (linear) rhizome planted about six inches in the ground with a growth aid. We finally noticed one sprout shooting up that branched into a single plant. The second year year more srouts, the third still more. In short, that one rhizome we planted a few years ago will cover any area with directional growth.
(May 2, 2015)
The picture above was taken in May of last year. Notice how much the same stand below propagated in exactly one year!
(April 29, 2016)
Same stand from same angle. Note they are of the same variety. Some bend down, others shoot straight up. They can be trained to grow upward if with supports.
For plants that have had time to grow their rhizomes, spring means breakout from under the soil. Bamboo has exciting fast growing canes that are great for landscaping and privacy barriers!
(April 26--that one sprout area pictured left or with "SPROUT" graphic)
Sprouts start on the rhizome(s) and then burst through the soil, first singular, then often in groups. The above are black bamboo sprouts.
In fact, the picture on the left was taken April 12 when it had just broken ground and was about 3 inches tall. The picture above taken on April 26 is the same one surrounded by more sprouts. It is 4.6 feet high--a growth rate of about two feet per week. [See today's picture of this stand below].
Black bamboo grows into thicker, taller darker poles than other varieties that can grow in this zone. Watch for some future pictures here. Above you can see the early white and reddish sheaths that fall from their culms.
(April 29--same sprouts up to 10 ft tall)
...comes after bamboo has had seasons to grow its rhizomes. The black bamboo above actually took 3-4 years to spread rhizomes up to thirty feet from the original mother plant and sprout. The mother plant was actually a pod we transplanted. It was about foot tall and took a few months to start growing and sprouting directly underneath.
Three days later one black bamboo cane shot up to about 8 feet higher while others grew fast and furious as well. Note the water after today's rain. If the water were standing, as in a pot, it would eventually drown the bamboo. I don't think its going to do that here but I'll watch and transplant as necessary.
Bamboo will also suppress the non-bamboo grass, eventually taking over the hill in the background. Tall black bamboo--the first we transplanted in this area--can also be seen behind the fence. It is now about 20ft tall with thick black canes.