Plant in any free draining soil damp soil preferably out of hot midday sun and sheltered from strong winds. Try adding some well rotted manure or organic compost to the planting hole this will help retain moisture in the soil and help your new plant settle in. Early spring feed with a liquid food high in nitrogen content, this will help promote new growth and give the plant a boost after the dormant period. In summer a slow release fertiliser is preferable. As with most plants, especially Bamboo always ensure the plant has an adequate water supply especially when planted in a container. This Bamboo requires no special treatment or requirements during the winter months.
Planting Position: Suitable for a wide range of areas of the garden, in a wide range of conditions, full sun through to semi shade, preferably out of strong winds.
Soil: Any free draining damp soil but not waterlogged. Suitable for container planting: Yes ideal for both ground and container.
Eventual height and spread: Upto 4 Metres with a 1.5 metre spread at the base.
Growth Speed: Quick, produces numerous new culms annually
Growth Habit: Upright canes with dense foliage
Flowering Period: Not Applicable
Pruning: Not necessary, only to restrict height if required this is best done during the dormant months
Foliage: Dense, dark green, thin and long
. 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.