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Friday, June 17, 2011

Update on bamboos 17 June 2011. Branching and leafing out of new culms or shoots

 Here's just another update on most of my bamboos. Some of the largest shoots this year have reached 1 inch, and a few groves have broken the 10ft mark.

Phyllostachys Atrovaginata. The tallest one here is about 11.5ft tall in these pictures, and still have a bit of growing left so I think it will be my tallest bamboo this year.

 Phyllostachys Parvifolia: This one has over 40 new culms ranging from 6ft up to the tallest one being close to 11ft 9 inches, and it is starting to leaf out so it is done growing. It looks like due to too many culms it is not getting that tall for it's height since the largest culms are around 1 inch, and it seemed to run out of energy causing shortened internodes for the fatter culms.

Phyllostachys Propinqua Beijing: The tallest one on this grove is right at around 11ft, but this one is only at 2/3 in diameter at most so it seems to have very strong culms that grow very tall for it's culm diameter. This is probably the most durable bamboo for zone 6 growers.

Phyllostachys Dulcis: Like atrovaginata and parvifolia, this species also tends to be short for it's diameter so it is only reaching about 10 1/2ft at best with 1 inch diameter new shoots.

Phyllostachys aureosulcata: This one only ended up making 8ft tall new shoots which is a little downsized from the 10footers it created last year, however it is becoming much bushier than ever before so it may just be an off year for it.

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis: These guys are growing pretty good from division. They are getting up to around 2ft, and should fill their pots with their own rhizomes in another few months.

Phyllostachys Edulis bicolor moso bamboo: This guy is still in it's pot and needs to go into the ground once the shoots get hardened off. The biggest shoot is getting above the 5ft mark, and it will be replacing my regular moso. It should form a nice grove in another year as long as we get a fairly warm summer.

Phyllostachys edulis moso new seedlings.

Phyllostachys Decora: No upsize however it is making a lot of new shoots in the middle of the clump.

Phyllostachys nigra henon: This is putting on a surprisingly small upsize given that it did hold many leaves through the winter.

 Phyllostachys Nigra: Much taller, but no gain in diameter. It looks like it might need to go into the ground soon.

Phyllostachys rubromarginata, red margin bamboo: It looks like there's no size gain this year, and it only spread out a bit.

phyllostachys vivax aureoucaulus: These divisions seem to be reverting back huangwenzhu, regular green canes, or a mixture. I'll keep a sample of each.

Bambusa ventricosa kimmei: New shoots.

New acquisisitions- Fargesia Denudata, and Fargesia Murielae.

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