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July 2012 - Bamboo Cincinnati Gabelman's Gardens

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Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo is Doing Great


 Beautiful Tropical Look Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo


Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica Bamboo is doing great. But should only grow to about 14 ft tall in my area. My Pseudosasa Japonica is pushing 7 ft tall and doing a lot better than I ever expected and looks great. I grow it next to the creek. It’s very drought tolerant. Especially considering its very large leaves. It gives the garden a tropical look that I really enjoy. When I first started growing bamboo I only wanted the very large species. But as the bamboo gardens mature I’m happy with all of the bamboo I have now. From ground covers to giants they all coincide. Pseudosasa Japonica is a favorite of mine. Most of the ground covers have a unique quality to them. Whether its’ variegated leaves or the pattern of the leaves. They are all wonderful.

Pseudosasa Japonica Keep an Open Mind

I’ve come to learn that it’s not the size of the bamboo. It’s the magnificent plant itself. Bamboo grows different from any other plant I’ve grown. Everyday I learn more and more from them. Pseudosasa Japonica surprises me everyday. So don’t do like I did and discount the small bamboos. Because they make the garden what it is today. And I’m very proud of it. With the addition of two new bamboo in the past couple of weeks, the count is climbing. And I couldn’t be happier. I was lucky enough to come across someone selling Phyllostachys Nigra. I worked out a great deal that got me some nice divisions. And the promise to get more on my next visit. I also picked up another bamboo. That I haven’t identified yet. It’s  hardy running bamboo with variegated leaves. Which is not at all common to this area. So I’m very pleased with it. Although it looks quite rough right now. In time it will be awesome just like it’s mother. I went expecting to see common varieties of bamboo. I was very surprised that she had two very uncommon bamboo. And she didn’t even have the most common variety. Crazy how people don’t even know what they have. If you’d like to grow this great plant. We have Pseudosasa Japonica for sale at reasonable prices. Just check out the secure paypal buttons on my home page.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata or Red Margin Bamboo


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is one of my favorites

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is one of my favourites. And in my opinion is  a very underrated bamboo. It’s supposed to be hardy to -5 degrees F. But in my honest opinion I believe it’s much hardier than that. It can take the cold winter winds better than some of my hardier bamboo.  And it produces many more canes each year than any of my other species. It sizes up quickly and is full looking.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata Privacy Screening

Great for screening and can be planted in wetter sites than most. The leaves are big and cover a lot of area. Plus many phyllostachys abort a lot of their new shoots but not Rubromarginata. 90% of the shoots it sends up continue to grow and form a very thick grove. It grows to 55 ft tall and 2 3/4 inches in diameter. I can’t wait to see that. The shoots have an awesome colouring with red margins around the edges of the culm sheaths. Fast growing and just beautiful. This bamboo has everything I like in a bamboo plant. It absolutely is one of my favourites.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata Fast Spreader

It’s rhizomes spread fast, far and wide. Exactly what I like about many bamboo. I’m quickly seeing that this grove is going to be my biggest grove like it or not. The only thing I don’t like about this plant is that. It is a late shooting bamboo and it always seems like it’s never  going to shoot. And then out of the blue here it comes. It’s coming hard and fast. And before you know it the grove has doubled in 3 months. It’s so incredible to see. And the canes or culms are beautiful. Bright green shiny and smooth. They grow very tall. The smaller canes have the branches very close to the ground making this a great bamboo for a privacy screen. This species is great for taking divisions. It doesn’t seem to suffer as much transplant shock as many other bamboo do. I highly recommend this species if you have plenty of room to grow and maintain this special bamboo.

Rain It does a Bamboo Good


Rain it does a Bamboo Good

Rain It does a Bamboo Good


Rain is one of the essentials for a grove of Bamboo. As we all know no one has the money to go out and water our groves on a regular basis. So nature takes care of that for us. We were in a drought being about 6 inches behind in the rain. Well in the past few days we have seen a deluge of rain showers just pouring rain. In one hour we received about 3 inches of rain, while most of that probably ran off. It did wet the ground so that it could soak up more the next few days. And we got hit hard about 4 more times. This is perfect for my Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove bamboo. And many others that I could not get to. Like Arundinaria gigantea or River cane and my Phyllostachys Bissettii and Nuda. Also the Phyllostachys Nigra that I have been babying for 3 years now.

There’s Nothing Like a Good Rain Shower

Just watering is not the same as a good long rain. Just by watering the ground is so dry that it sucks up all of the water from around the plant, while a good long rain will wet the whole ground around the plant and the plant will benefit more from the rain. I don’t like to water with the hose because the chemicals in the water. I like to use the water from the rain barrels for one its cheaper and two it’s organic.

Ohio Valley Weather

For as we all know if you don’t like the weather in Cincinnati, just wait 15 minutes and it will change.  I actually live in Alexandria, KY  but most of my groves are in the Cincinnati Area. I am shocked at the number of people who grow bamboo in the Cincinnati area. Bamboo does well in many areas of the country, but does especially well in our zone 6. I’ve seen canes pushing 3-4 inches at the Cincinnati zoo. It’s just incredible and I can’t wait to see these in my own yard and gardens.

Garden Jungle in 3 Months

Garden Jungle in 3 Months

Garden Jungle

Garden Jungle

Go from nothing to a garden jungle in 3 months with the fastest growing woody plant in  the world. As the Bamboo shooting Season winds down. It’s amazing what 3 short months can do for a grove of established bamboo. My (Phyllostachys Aureosulcata)Yellow Groove Bamboo has reached heights of 30+ ft tall and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. This is the most incredible plant that has ever grown in this yard. And it’s doing exactly what I waited 14 years of my impatient life for it to do, Amazing people! I shutter to think what my yard will look like in 14 more years. I only hope I live long enough to see my canes reach 3-4 inches in diameter. At least I know every year I can go to a garden jungle in just 3 months.

Cold Hardy Bamboo

With 34 different species growing as we speak this place will be astounding when all are mature. It will be an absolute paradise and I can’t wait. With a few simple techniques I will keep it all right where I want it and no farther. For more information on containing running bamboo see future blog posts right here. Since writing this post I  have gained another 2 species in my garden jungle. The garden jungle looks fabulous and as we speak each grove is starting to gain strength and vigor.

Garden Jungle Bamboo Growth Rates

By this time next year the garden jungle will have doubled in size and be amazing. My Rubromarginata will be 25 ft tall next year and my P. vivax will be 15 -20 ft tall with large canes and beautiful coloration. This is one of my favorite variegated bamboos. I am anxiously waiting for my P. Aureosulcata “Aureocaulis” to put up some nice sized canes, it’s been in the ground about 5 years and seems to be sizing up  very slowly. It’s crazy how the fastest growing woody plant in the world sometimes takes so long to size up. It takes patience to grow bamboo for the simple fact that bamboo takes a long time to establish a grove unless you start with many divisions. It’s been said that bamboo sleeps, creeps and leaps. The first year it spends its time growing rhizomes so you don’t see much growth above ground. The second year it sends those rhizomes far and wide, and puts up some medium size shoots. The third year it leaps and you will see a tremendous amount of growth. And you will go from a small garden to a garden jungle in 3 months.

Gabelman’s Gardens Bamboo
Gabelman's Gardens Bamboo

Gabelman's Gardens Bamboo
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Backyard Privacy Bamboo
Privacy Bamboo

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 10 pots 1-3 ft tall. Hardy to -15 degrees F.

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Yellow Groove
Living Privacy Screen

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove


Phyllostachys Rubromarginata
Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

P. Rubromarginata Bamboo

Phyllostachys Aureocaulis
Phyllostachys Aureocaulis

Phyllostachys Aureocaulis


Pseudosasa Japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica


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