Growing bamboo: instructions and tips for growing bamboo in the home. From making bamboo walls to growing in pots.
Growing bambooin Italy it can be difficult but it all depends on the species you choose. Thebamboobelongs to the family ofPoaceae (formerGraminaceae). This family includes more than 75 genera and over 1200 species. In choosing thebambooto cultivate, you must pay close attention to the effect you want to achieve, and you must also consider that it is an invasive species that with the ideal habitat can spread everywhere and multiply independently.
Thebambooit is native to tropical and sub tropical regions. It is appreciated for its rapid growth and for the aesthetic effect obtained in the construction of hedges or green barriers. Among the most popular bamboo species are thegiant bamboos (in the photos below), capable of growing from 14 to 25 meters in height. Thegiant bamboo it is botanically known as Phyllostachys edulis and can hardly be grown in the home. On this page we will talk about thebamboofrom cultivatein the garden for the construction of separating walls, hedges and other natural elements of great aesthetic value.
As stated, some species ofbamboothey can be very invasive, therefore, before planting the plants, carefully evaluate the distance from the border and from tall crops. The growth of the bamboo is rapid and in a short time you will obtain elegant green stems with light and decorative leaves. Bamboo multiplies itself and over time it could also invade the neighbor's property if cultivation takes place around the perimeter of your home. The most suitable varieties for the construction of high borders, green barriers, dividing walls and border hedges, are those that grow on average from 90 to 200 cm. Among the proposals of the garden centers we point out two varieties worthy of note.
Grow bamboo: Bambusa Pleioblastus distichus
Perfect for thecultivation in potsor in small spaces. It is a dwarf species that reaches 60 cm in height. Although it is adwarf bamboo, has a showy but compact and not too invasive vegetation. It grows in any exposure (it can be grown in full sun, partial shade and shade) and is resistant to cold and frost, it can resist up to a temperature of -18 ° C. It is well suited for creating borders. To cultivate thispotted bambooit will be necessary to choose large containers. To grow a bamboo hedge with this species, you will need to plant the small seedlings at a distance of 70 cm from each other. For the construction of a small bamboo forest (better defined as "scrub cultivation"), planting must take place at a distance of 90 cm between one plant and another. The depth of the hole dug for planting must be about 50 cm and just as wide.
Grow bamboo: Bambusa Sasa masamuneana Albostriata
Thisbambooit reaches a height of 130 - 150 cm. It is indicated for thecultivationin the garden for its compact and regular habit. ThebambooBombusa Sasa masomuneana can be grown injaror flower boxes, even in this case the only precaution is to choose large enough containers. This bambooit is suitable for cultivation in flower beds, to create borders or border lines, it can be grown together with other shrubs. It is a minimally invasive species that grows well in any exposure and can tolerate compact soils and low temperatures. For the construction of hedges, the planting must be performed by placing the plants at a distance of 120 cm. In case of scrub cultivation, the bamboo plants must be buried at a distance of 200 cm from each other. Also in this case, the depth of the hole dug for planting must be about 50 cm and just as wide.
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When to grow bamboo
The best period for planting of bamboo runs from November to May. They can be planted in the sun or in the shade. Before planting, immerse the container of the bamboo plant in a bucket of water to rehydrate the clod. Prepare the soil a few days in advance with a deep digging and burying well-mature compost or manure.
For the construction of a windbreak or a dividing element of bamboo I invite you to read the articleHow to build a bamboo wall. To obtain orderly crops, always eliminate dry canes and cut off all badly arranged or fragile branches. Keep only the strongest rods.
During the first year of cultivation, whether in pots or in open fields, bamboo will need 15-20 liters of water every 15 days. From the second year onwards, watering may be less intense and less frequent because the bamboo has become vigorous enough to withstand the summer heat. It will then be necessary to irrigate only in case of prolonged drought.
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