Bamboo Fargesia Rufa: Fargesia Rufa is one of the first shooting Bamboo of the year this coupled with its vigorous growth rate, giving numerous new culms annually make it an ideal choice for a growing Bamboo, it is one of the lower growing varieties, only reaching an absolute maximum of 3 metres, which although is 10 feet this is relatively short in terms of Bamboo. Ideal for planting in a wide range of conditions but preferably somewhere away from hot midday sun in warmer areas of the Uk. Can be used as a stand alone specimen, pot planted, or because of its rather drooping nature to create an informal hedge. Being a non invasive clumping Bamboo there is no need to plant using a root barrier to restrict growth.
Planting Position: Suitable for a wide range of areas of the garden, in a wide range of conditions, full sun through to semi shade, if planted in full sun and in a pot ensure a daily water supply during hot periods
Soil: Any free draining damp soil but not waterlogged, they will not fare well in very wet soil.
Suitable for container planting ?: Yes ideal for both ground and container.
Eventual height and spread: Whilst the official line is in excess of 3m in our experience to acheicve this type of height conditions would have to be pretty much perfect. A height of 2 metres with a spread of around 1.5 metres is a more realistic target.
Growth Speed: Quick
Growth Habit: Cascading bushy foliage rather than upright.
Flowering Period: Not Applicable
Pruning: Not necessary.
Foliage: Dense cane growth with cascading mid green leaves
Bamboo Fargesia can be planted in any free draining soil damp soil and sheltered from cold strong winter winds. In early spring feed with a liquid food with a high 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.