Bamboo Robusta ‘Pingwu – 7.5 Litre 80/100cm: 'Pingwu' Originates from the same region of China as Fargesia Robusta ‘Campbell’. The Pingwu Bamboo has slightly larger leaves both length and width and doesn’t clump quite as tightly however it does share the same upright growth habit. It is a perfect choice for screening or planted as a single specimen. Tending not to grow quite as tall as other Fargesia Robusta types however it can still reach an eventual height of between 4 and 5m. It is also a quick growing plant, that can establish itself pretty quickly. It keeps foliage very well even during harsh winters.
Planting position: Best suited to a sunny spot but will sit happily in a partially shaded area.
Soil: Like most plants in the garden will do best in free draining rich moist soil, however that being said it is also suitable for both loam and clay, (but not to heavy) add some manure or fertiliser to give new plants a boost.
Suitable for Container planting: Great choice for containers but make sure they have plenty of water.
Eventual height and spread: Overall height 4-5 metres with a spread of 1-1.5 metres.
Pruning: Not really necessary any winter damage can be removed immediately, if you are pruning to restrict height this is best done during the dormant months October – Mid March
Growth speed: Quick
Growth Habit: Pingwu has a very upright habit similar to Fargesia Robusta Campbell and much more upright to the more commonly known Fargesia Rufa.
Not Applicable Evergreen: Yes, Fargeisa Pingwu is one of the best choices for keeping foliage during winter even harsh ones. That being said like most Fargesia Bamboo it will shed some leaves in late autumn/ early winter this is not a cause for concern it will soon be replaced once the temperatures start to rise Winter Hardy: -20
For best results we recommend when planting break the soil and add some well-rotted manure or organic fertiliser, this not only invigorates the soil but also helps the area retain moisture. Feed with a Nitrogen based food during spring and a balanced fertiliser during the growing season April through to late August. Always ensure an adequate water supply especially for young pot planted plants
Robusta Pingwu as the name suggests is one of the more robust growing Fargesia bamboos. It typically grows upright and tall narrow and clumping at the base with higher foliage spreading. It is one of the earliest bamboos to break soil in spring. The form 'Pingwu' is slightly shorter than some forms of Fargesia robusta with smaller leaves and a slightly more open habit.
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.