12 Litre Black Bamboo Phyllostachys Nigra - The Black Bamboo.This has to be one of the most popular and best known of all bamboos, certainly our best selling Phyllotachys Bamboo. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo is in a good, rich soil that does not dry out too readily but also does not have a tendency to waterlog over the winter months. The black bamboo also grows well in a container, but will need moving to a larger pot each year and must be kept well watered at all times to ensure good, strong growth. Feed with a general purpose feed between the months of May and September to keep the plant looking lush and healthy. You should expect the black bamboo to add about a third to its height and spread each year and if it is really happy, maybe even more! To achieve the blackest canes possible, plant in full sun and enjoy the wait as the canes turn from a lush green to an ebony black.
What to expect: Your plant will arrive with an actual height of 160cm+, inclusive of pot 180cm+. Planted in a 12litre/30cm pot and will look just like the pictures.
Planting Position: Although suitable for a wide range of areas these plants are best suited to a sunny position where the suns rays can help the canes become as dark as possible.
Soil: Any free draining damp soil is suitable but away from waterlogged areas.
Suitable for container planting: Yes ideal for both ground and container if in the pot will need to be re-potted periodically.
Eventual height and spread: Up to 5 metres with a 3 metre plus spread.
Growth Speed: Quick, Black bamboo can expect to add approximately 1/3 to its size annually.
Growth Habit: Quick
Flowering Period: Not Applicable.
Pruning: Not necessary.
Foliage: Dark to mid green up to 8cm long.
Evergreen: Yes, but but Black Bamboo do shed some leaves during late Autumn/Early winter however these will soon be replaced once the growing season commences
Hardiness: -20 suitable for the whole UK
Although Bamboo is a very versatile plant it grows best in well areated soil that is light in structure and rich in organic nutrients, ideally it should have good drainage but still retain some moisture. To promote growth and to help with keeping your plant looking lush and green feed with a general purpose organic liquid food during the growing season. If planted in a pot ensure an adequate water supply at all times. This plant need has no special requirements during the winter months. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.