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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bamboos at multiple stages of development from new divisions to established groves

Here's an update on most of the newest divisions I have either taken off my in ground plants, as well as some of the newest acquisitions through trades this year. I have over 30 species of bamboo ranging from ground covers to giant grove forming types.

Pleioblastus distichus: This is a new one off a trade which is a ground cover, and just starting to make some small shoots.

Pleioblastus viridistriatus: Here's another ground cover started from rhizomes also from a trade.

Sasaella masamuneana 'Albostriata': Anoter GC this one also from the same trade

 Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis "green grove" These guys are also from trade, and it seems to propagate pretty easily from bare rhizomes. One of them had a couple of small culms on it, but with full sun, all of them will bush out nicely and get established in their pots. The is supposed to be one of the more aggressive of the running bamboos in the phyllostachys genus.

Shibatea Kumasaca, Bear's claw bamboo: Tis is from a different trade, and also a ground cover however it has a unique leaf form from the rest. 
Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulus: I split up a large 15 gallon pot, and too many rhizome or culm divisions hoping most of them will survive.
 Phyllostachys Aureosulcata: I have 11 field divisions of these guys and some of them have a shoot or two already. They were taken around november of last year so they didn't have much time to establish, but they were under the tarp, and well protected.
Phyllostachys Parvifolia: This is my best division I think I've ever taken as it has generated 12 shoots so far, some up to 1/2 inch in diameter. If they all make it which is possible given how bushy the topped culm is, it will really fill up its 10 gallon pot and need to be planted soon.
Fargesia Rufa: Fargesias are very easy to propagate as this came from a 2-3 culm division last fall.
Fargesia Nitida: This variety is pretty easy to propagate too, but it shoots much later than rufa.
Phyllostachys Edulis: Here are a couple of the moso seedlings that were under the tarp last year coming back strong. Some of the ones in the greenhouse look completely toast as an unheated greenhouse doesn't protect as well as a tarp.

Phyllostachys Edulis, main planting: Just to give a comparison, here's a moso that has been in the ground since summer of 2008 as a 1 culm 1 gallon plant. They change quite a bit, and this year they are finally showing some mature characteristics with the furry shoots, and the spread as well as a significant upsize.

Fargesia Nitida: Here's how hardy fargesia nitida is after a low of -9F last winter. It doesn't show any sign of top-kill, and is leafing out fine. Here's a before and after picture from about the same angle.

Here's a quick update on the shoots off my larger plants.

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata

Phyllostachy Dulcis, Sweet shoot. This is probably going to be my largest bamboo this year since this one is at 1 inch and still increasing in diameter. They generally bulk up in diameter until they are a few inches high, and I had to dig through the mulch to get this shot.

Phyllostachys Parvifolia: Here's my first in-ground shoot. Not very impressive, only at around 2/3 inch, but it's definitely not done expanding in diameter yet, and there are many on the way so I might get some 1 inchers.

Phyllostachys Propinqua Beijing: This one has 1 shoot so far showing some increase in size from the fall shoots that reached 6ft, so this one may get up to 10 if I'm lucky.

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