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Old 06-29-2007, 09:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Pete,I lived Bossier City 1960 and again 1967,spitted a few snow flakes that winter.
I wondering about this tropicanna,one of the guys at work said his only reached 3 to 4 ft as well,and mine always get taller than that,is it the location I wonder, from the tuber that I originally got mine from, Horns Canna farm,from Oklahoma.
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The culture tag that came with mine shows 6' max . I fertilize mine a lot and their soil is very heavy clay type . They do manage to send out pups through the mulch but they may be dwarfed by the soil composition . Just a thought.
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Do you get lower than -15 degrees C? If not, P Pubescence will grow. P Vivax will only take -5 degrees C.

Pubescence starts off forming a nice bamboos screen, but eventually forms a giant timber bamboo plantation, which if managed wll remains narrow like a hedge, of culms up to 4 inches wide! The shoots you cut off to keep it narrow are edible and yummy.

My Canna tropicana always go to 5 or 6 feet. They get an early start though because they are frost hardy here and normallt dont full die down in winter.
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Mine get a very late start,they don't even pop out the ground until late May,but I compost right in the bed I grow everything,I use to have heavy clay,but since I compost right where everything grows my soil is excellent
In the fall I cut everything down and let it rot right where it grows,after a few years the soil is really good and fertile.
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Going to have to get some pics, but my bamboo has added close to 30 new shoots so far this year! Very glad I put the barrier in! Pics coming soon
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:47 PM   #26 (permalink)
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hey Ben,
how tall has it got to now?
I talked to a school teacher friend,and his has traveled quite a ways and has poke holes thru his pond liners!!!
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Yes!! I want to see pic's.. !!!!
LOL I can kill bamboo...I have a couple of pieces of Variegated and some Black but that is the only thing that has survived...I would love to have a big stand of it...It grow on the side of the road... just not at my house...ROFL!!!!
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Ok here are some new pics, hard to see with the weeds in the background, but most of the green is bamboo.







The two tall sections, Phyllostachys aureosulcata, were planted in the fall, and have a few new canes close to 7' tall.
Most of the P.rubo canes are 3'-5' and still growing.

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Seeing your bamboo and the Tropicana Cannas is really something. Very nicely done. I have just started my Trop. Cannas, Ti plants and waiting for my bamboo to germinate. Can't wait! Thank again for sharing the photos.
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Nice photos, Tropicman!

I also grow Tropicanna and mine rarely get over 3' tall, though as mentioned by others, I have seen them get large. In fact, I've seen them well over 6'! I think mine stay small due to the fact that there are some large Ilex opaca (American holly) and an oak planted nearyby. So I'm sure there is a great deal of competition for the available moisture. Just my opinion.
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Ok another update.
Now that all the new clums have leafed out you can really see the mass...

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Old 06-30-2008, 06:48 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I'm growing yellow groove Phyllostachys aureosulcata, and my tallest cane is up around 17 feet now. Not too bad for zone 5a! It's four years old now though. We're also limited here in which varieties we can grow. It took three years before it got tough enough to not winter kill some of the canes in the winter, but this year it's bullet-proof.
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Nice Sandy!
Any pics? I went with the Rubo. because I was told it would get the largest for the cold hardy types, but then had to add the aureo because the clum color...
I am also looking at getting some Fargesia 'rufa' because it won't spread. I have a nice place in the front where it would look great!
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I'll get some taken, maybe tomorrow, depending on customers and watering, and put them on a separate post. I don't like to "hijack" other people's posts. Sorry that I did that. I get excited sometimes!
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Here is the bamboo bed in July of 2010.
Filling up nicely!
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Hey Ben,
Nice looking green you got there,filling out nicely!
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Very good work! The beautiful bamboo at you has grown, my congratulations!
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Being in approximately the same zone as you, I planted a rubromarginata division last summer which got a bit of leaf burn over last winter probably due to not enough time to establish, but this year it has made many new small culms, nothing close to what you have. Hopefully next year mine will be pushing 10ft like that. I'm still kind of impressed that you went from spindly 3ft culms to a grove in 1 year.

March 2010 with leaf burn.


June 2010, and still shooting now, but still everything under 4ft.


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Why is that the tallest in your area?

I grow Phyllostachys Vivax and Phyllostachys pubescence which grow absurdly big here in the UK. The former grows 20ft from seed in 3 years! (sudden jump on the third only 3ft at 2 years). Pubescence is a bit slower getting started. Perhaps they are TOO BIG for your purpose?
Living in a zone 5b/6b limits me on the bamboo I can plant. From talking to bamboo growers the colder the climate the shorter the bamboo. P.rubromarginata just averages out to be the tallest.
Being in this zone it seems like moso does pretty well as single tarp protection is enough to prevent leaf burn here, but vivax gets top killed regardless of getting tarped.
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Thanks everyone,

We had a really harsh winter here last year, multiple days below zero and a few -10 and colder. During most of those days we had a nice blanket of snow but that didn't protect the bamboo. The Phyllostachys aureosulcata had mulitple canes with leaf burn and I cut out 3 or 4 canes that were killed, but all of the P.rubromarginata canes leafed back out, very tough stuff. I will see if I can find a picture from last year and post it too. Most of the canes are now about 1/2" diam. and the whole bed is going to get some fertilzer this fall for the first time!
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Sounds like you had a much harsher winter than I had. It only got down to about 4F last winter here on the coldest night according to my weatherstation so I'm probably in a warmer zone 6 than you. I hope that means I will be seeing 1/2 inch diameter canes next year given that they are reaching the 1/4 inch mark this year.

Red margin is pretty hardy, but not the hardiest. Parvifolia and Atrovaginata gets through winter with less damage than this here.


I also see that you have a barrier on the whole thing. Are you worried about it getting root-bound in there at all? It might require some rhizome pruning since rhizome & roots will be continuing to grow over the same area.
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