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Old 05-06-2007, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I started to install the barrier for my Phyllostachys rubromarginata.
the trench in 25' long and 6 1/2' wide. My neighbor and I like to descibe the clay soil and Kansas concrete. After digging the edges of the hole out and installing the barrier I knocked the middle section down. This will give me about 16" of clay bottom and 12" of good mixed planting soil... once I fill it back in, lol.





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Old 05-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, quite a job, a lot of succes with the bamboo after all the work.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When your done you can come over here and I'll show you what needs to be done. LOL!

Congrats! Looks like you should be able to tame the beast with that setup.
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Awesome! I know the feeling of working like a back-hoe making a trench for bamboo. We did the same thing here only with no barrier when we planted are Alphonse Karr clumping bamboo. I'll post some pictures later.
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Excellent job , best of Luck with it.
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Thanks everyone.
Since sat night we have recieved over 4" of rain, so now I have a cute little pond
I will post more pictures as this project advances, but below is what I came home to today.
Oh well a little more digging and a better drainage system I guess...
In the back ground you can see the building I am trying to hide.

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I could definitely use you to work on my 5 acres, but only if you bring those precious dogs!!!!! So cute! I have 4 huge containers of bamboo to plant out. They weigh about 200 lbs each. I can't even move them alone. I'm going to pick a spot soon though and make my husband help me.
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Thank you Gina.
The dogs think they are great helpers as you can see, or they may just want to see what crazy thing I am doing next, lol
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Another update...
Pumped the water out... added 2.6 tons of sandy loam, 18 cubic ft of compost, too many shovel fulls of dirt, planted and added some mulch....





I still have to add dirt to the outer edge and shape the yard to shed the water away.
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Just what exactly is red margin bamboo?
I have yellow groove bamboo,about 59ft long planted between mine and the neighbors driveway keeps it from running everywhere.It's about 25 to 30ft tall
now,very pretty and green all thru the winter months as well,sparrows roost in there all the time and the amount of bird poo underneath is un real!!!!
If you ever head south to Wichita,stop by for the grand tour of the tropics.
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Hello Tropicsman!

My wife's family lives on the South East side of Wichita. We head down that way about once every two months! I will send you a PM so we can talk, I would love a tour!

Red Margin Bamboo is also known as Phyllostachys rubromarginata. It is very vigourous and supposed to get the tallest in my area. I have two more bamboo beds I want to add, but didn't want to dig another bed this year

PS: the pics look great!
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That will be great,I live on the southwest side of Wichita,I have a very small yard,but pack a lot of tropicals everywhere I can.
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I checked out the other fourm and found some more of your pics.
How do you like the variegated Petasites japonica 'Giganteus'? I just bought some this year to try.
I will give you a call after the 4th so we can figure something out!
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Great pics - is that large dark red and green leafed plant in the last picture a canna? If not, what is it? Do you have any corms of it? I can trade bananas for some.

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Hey BG,
Hope you have it in a nice bright but shaded area,for when it gets hot they really tend to wilt,they like lots of water and shade.
Terry those either tropicannas or red castor bean,not sure which ones your reffering to,I have seeds of the red castor beans and tubers of the tropicanna,also have the canna musafolia.
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Quote:"It is very vigourous and supposed to get the tallest in my area."

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?
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I was talking about the plant just right of center that appears to have a washingtonia palm in front of it. It looks like a huge Tropicana canna but the topicana cannas I have NEVER get any bigger than the one just to the right of the hosta clump (in front of the big plant that I'm talking about). They have orange flowers. The castor bean has the star shaped leafs right?

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Hmm my tropicannas reach 5 ft or more by the end of summer,these are very heay varigated,some are over 4ft now,but yet to bloom from all the rain and cloudy wether we've been having,I also have intrigue,which has the same colors as the tropicanna,but has the leaf shape of a hawiian ti plant,which has red flowers.It reaches about 4 to 5 ft in height also.I love them both,very tropical looking.
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My tropicanna bloom at 2-3 ' as well .

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Quote:"It is very vigourous and supposed to get the tallest in my area."

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.
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