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Bambusa Genus

Bamboo

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Bambusa genus (Bamboo). Like most bamboos these differ from other perennial grasses because they have woody stems. The stems or culms are hollow and mostly greenish brown and very strong. The leaves are lance shaped with cross veins that will give a tessellated appearance. The flowers are produced at varying intervals but are not decorative.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Grasses or Bamboos

Origin

Sub tropical areas

Interest and use

Grown for hedging as well as for ornamentation. The woody stems can have many uses.

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loamless potting compost in bright indirect light. Maintain high humidity and water moderately. Outdoors, grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich soil, in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade.

Propagation

Seed in spring or autumn, or by division in autumn; however forms should be propagated by division only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Usually little trouble from pests and diseases.

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