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Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo(Phyllostachys Nigra) has the unique ability to change its color from green to black in a years time. Black bamboo is one of the most sought after bamboo on the market today. Which is why it is one of the most expensive. It’s still a little bit rare in my area. But I have a couple of nice clumps growing well. It is only hardy to 0 degrees f. and may struggle the first few years, so I protected mine for a few years. Now it really seems to be taking off. Which is what I want to see. There are other types of Black Bamboo as well such as Timor Black.  And other clumping black bamboo as well like Gigantochloa Atroviolacia. Black bamboo is the crown jewel of all bamboo.

Clumping Bamboo

Clumping Bamboo

Clumping Bamboo

Clumping bamboo differs from running bamboo, in the sense that it only spreads a few inches in a year.  A running bamboo can spread up to 10 ft.  a year. But in my climate clumping bamboo matures very slow and running very quickly. I’ve had clumpers in the ground for up to 5 years and are still barely 6 ft. tall. A runner would be at least 15 to 20 ft. tall in that amount of time. That’s about the only reason I don’t care much for the clumpers. My feelings may change after a few more years when I finally get to see my clumpers mature, but we’ll see.

Running Bamboo

Running Bamboo

Running Bamboo

A running bamboo is a truly amazing plant. The resilience is absolutely outstanding. I’ve had canes frozen to the ground that stood straight back up with no leaf loss and still as strong as ever. As you may or may not know bamboo gets it’s strength from growing for a few years up to five it’s at its maximum strength. A new cane or culm will break very easily and needs time to harden and gain strength.  That is why a bamboo looks pretty bare the first year of its life, because it only has one set of leaves. It would break with all that weight on it in the first year. The hardiness of some of the runners is unbelievable. -20 degrees f.  That’s pretty hardy I’d say. And every year they come back bigger and stronger than last years bamboo culms. It’s really cool to watch a running bamboo mature. Over the past 15 years I’ve had many different opportunities to do this growing 39 different species of bamboo. I love the runners the best as far as size goes nothing compares in my zone 6. Northern KY is a great place to live and grow bamboo. I push the envelope on what I can get away with growing bamboo that is for zone 7 but with the many bamboos surrounding the area it gets a lot of protection from those cold winter winds. We carry many different species of bamboo for more info call (859)635-0922 and ask for Jeff and also Check out my other blogs.  http://mybamboogrove.com/ or http://insidemygreenhouse.com/ or http://hardybamboo.org/phyllostachys-aureosulcata-aureocaulis/ or http://makemoneygardening.org/water-plants/ or http://sustainmyself.info/or http://mybamboogrove.net/ or http://gardeningmoney.net/about-me-gardener1/ or http://bamboonky.com/

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