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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Bamboo

25 June 2009 19:35:30
Phyllostachys Aur. Aureocaulis 'Golden Crookstem'

Phyllostachys Aur. Aureocaulis 'Golden Crookstem'

When weeding I was surprised to notice a vertical stick poking up on one of my hills in the oddest manner.

I went over to investigate and discovered that my bamboo, having behaved and stayed in the one place for many years, has decided to migrate.

Joshua is in the photo, holding the new bamboo, and you can see the mother clump to the right. And me going to all the trouble of planting persicaria on this hill last autumn when now maybe the bamboo is going to claim it!


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Joybells Joybells 25 June 2009 21:01:38

Well if it comes along as well as the mother plant you'll be made...bamboo is great for effect. It must have climbed upwards!?


Rachel Rachel 25 June 2009 21:25:05

Yeah, it's travelled uphill!!! Very surprised.


BRENMAR BRENMAR 25 June 2009 21:56:31

I thought that bamboo was an invasive plant and I was always afraid to plant t in case it took over. I do think they are very lovely when grouped together, they can make a lovely screen.


MichaelC MichaelC 25 June 2009 22:12:25

Rachel I believe it is safer to plant bamboo in a container in the ground if you want to stop it spreading.


kitty kitty 25 June 2009 23:04:51

rachel between the blue leaved tomatos and the migrating bamboo really SPOOKY!!!!!!!!


kitty kitty 25 June 2009 23:07:50

nearly as spooky as whenever i put out my freestanding trelisis the winds get really rough and blow them down again and they end up taking shelter in the tunnel, think someone is trying to tell me something in the other world


Jacinta Jacinta 25 June 2009 23:43:36

My bamboo took over a VERY large area. But we dug it up and split it. Gave one clump to a friend and potted up the remainder. Its doing great in spite of now being confined. It creeps up on you without warning. You might be better digging all around the roots and pushing some kind of barrier down to stop it invading.


Rachel Rachel 26 June 2009 15:44:28

I'm not worried about the bamboo spreading. It can only go one way - up. The grass where Josh is standing is actually builders' rubble. We put grass sods on it one year when we removed them to make a bed. If it can get through that then fair play. I originally planted it there because I wanted it to take over the hill. Since it hadn't moved for 3-4 years I gave up and planted persicaria. It may still claim the hill if it wants!


rita d rita d 27 June 2009 16:58:41

your hill looks like a perfect place to plant rampant Lady banks lots of space and nothing she could demolish..


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