The two sides of spring for bamboo growers

Spring is a very exciting (and conflicted) time for those of us who grow bamboo in small gardens.

When the shoots start pushing through the soil in spring, you just never know what to expect!


Still, there is no plant in my garden that excites and fulfills me as much as bamboo does.

(There is no plant that gives me as good a workout as bamboo does either...)


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Mark and Gaz  – (April 22, 2015 at 8:36 AM)  

Funny! Quick, get that spade out!

outlawgardener  – (April 22, 2015 at 8:40 AM)  

Ain't it the truth! Thanks for the morning laugh! My barrier free Phyllostachys vivax hasn't started sending up shoots yet but will soon and the digging, cutting, pulling fun will begin.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 22, 2015 at 11:54 AM)  

Remember that small chunk of Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' you sent me years ago? It's in one of the two stock tanks in our backyard and it has at least five shoots this year. It's a survivor, considering it doesn't get much water.

Alan  – (April 22, 2015 at 5:35 PM)  

Mark/Gaz: I know UK bamboos are more well-behaved, but yes, the spade comes out a couple of times a year. :)

Peter: barriers are for wimps! If you're not digging rhizomes, you're not doing it right!

Gerhard: Nice! Hopefully the extra foliage load won't stress it too much. I can't imagine growing bamboo in a constantly dry environment!

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