Bamboo Fargesia Robusta Campbell 7.5 Litre: Fargesia Robusta Campbell is a tall Fargesia, growing in ideal conditions to 4m or so. A superbly tough but beautiful bamboo. This bamboo is one of the most versatile, it will tolerate a wide range of conditions sun, shade, wind and drier conditions. Like other Fargesia it is a clumper rather than a runner and is not remotely invasive. This species is a comparatively recent introduction but has proved to possess very good gardening qualities. It is easy to identify as, unlike most other Fargesia species, it has an upright stature. With an open clumping growth habit the culms grow very straight, almost vertical. Sheaths remain on the culms until early summer creating an almost chequered look alternating between pale and dark. Combined with its evergreen foliage and quick growth habit it makes the perfect choice for a non invasive Bamboo. Whether you are looking to create a large screen/hedge or alternatively using it as a stand alone specimen planted in the garden or in a pot on your patio/balcony, this is a perfect well behaved Bamboo plant. One of the best Bamboo plants we have come across, it certainly lives upto its name 'Robust' its a quick growing non invasive Bamboo plant for all conditions. Pot, ground, hedge or a stand alone specimen. New culms of which there is many annually look fantastic, our plants in the nursery start growing in January and continue right through until October. Add some Osmocote granular food to the hole or pot to feed the plants for upto 6 months.
Although this is an extremely versatile and robust Bamboo, it thrives in humus rich soil, whilst no absolutely necessary we recommend before planting you improve the area by adding some good quality general compost or even better horse manure, preferably the latter, especially if the ground is in poor condition. If you wish to promote lots of new growth, quickly, this may be done in large quantities, although it may seem a pretty unpleasent task once done the plant will show its apprectiation for a considerable length of time.
Planting position: Suitable for a wide range of areas from full sun through to partial shade.
Soil: Any free draining soil but not waterlogged for best results humus rich
Suitable for container planting: Yes ideal for both ground and container.
Eventual height and spread: Up to approximately 4 metres with a 1.5 metre spread.
Growth speed: Quick
Growth habit: Upright
Flowering period: Not applicable
Pruning: Not necessary unless you wish to restrict height.
Foliage: Dark green, new culms create a chequered effect between dark and pale
Q: Are these a good Bamboo to make a hedge, how many do i need for a 4 metre spread?
A: In our opinion these are the very best choice for a non invasive Bamboo hedge, they are low maintenance, quick growing, upright and keep excellent winter colour, we recommend planting at intervals of approximately 90 to 100cm, this won't give an instant hedge but will be a good start and will also give the plants room to grow and mature.
Q: How quick do they grow?
A: There is no set formula to how fast they will grow, like all plants it can depend on a number factors, planting position, sunlight/climate, soil, care, as a guide in average conditions Robusta Campbell should achieve a growth of approximately 1/3 in height and density annually, for example 1 metre plants will be 130cm by the end of the first year and the following year approximately 180cm then 240cm and so on...
Q: You say they can reach heights in excess of 4 metres is this realistic?
A: Yes most definetly.
Q: Can they be trimmed to restrict height to create a hedge affect?
A: Yes they are easily trimmed. Literally chop the tops off to the required height, we recommend doing this whilst the plants are dormant, so late autumn or early spring.
Q: Will they grow in very wet ground?
A: The quick answer is no, like most Bamboo, Robusta Campbell will not do well in very wet ground, they prefer free draining damp soil.
Q: Are they ok in pots?
A: Yes they will do absolutely fine in a large pot always ensure a good water supply, especially during the growing season. On hot days, water daily do not allow to dry out.
Q: Do you recommend adding anything to the planting area to help the plants?
A: There is two choices here, for the die hard gardeners well rotted manure is always a good shout or for fair weather gardeners we recommend Osmocote Pre Plant, this is a slow release fertiliser that will feed the plants for approximately 6 months.
Q: Will they grow in clay soil?
A: It depends how heavy the clay is, light clay they will tolerate if the soil is particularly heavy we would recommend digging it out as much as possible and filling with a good grade of top soil or multi purpose compost.
Are they evergreen
Bamboo are an evergreen, perennial and a member of the grass family. Fast growing, they take up very little lateral space and yet they can reach fabulous heights extremely quickly, making bamboo a very cost effective choice when you need screening fast! They will naturally shed some leaf during the winter months.
How much water do they need
Like any other plant, bamboo needs three basic things in order to survive. Soil, sun and water. And as a gardener, one of your greatest responsibilities is to provide your bamboo with water. They are an incredibly thirsty plant and will require watering on a daily basis especially during hot periods. .
Will it need a root barrier
Fargesia are a non invasive clumping bamboo and will not require a root barrier. Phyllostachys, Aureosulcata and Pseudosasa are all ‘runners’ which can be either planted in a larger pot or with a root barrier in the ground.
How quickly will it grow
This really is dependent on watering sunshine and care. You would hope to achieve at least another third in growth during the growing season.
How far apart should I plant them
Space mature plants 1 metre apart to form a dense screen. Fast Growing varieties can be planted a little further apart if you don't mind waiting longer for them to fill in the gaps.