A little while ago I wrote about a bamboo experiment that has yielded surprising results. Last year I planted a piece of rhizome with no above-ground growth in a 22” tub, not expecting much. Maybe precisely because I had such low expectations, I was taken by surprise when fat shoots 1” in diameter began to emerge.
In just a week, the shoots have grown into 4 ft. culms and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Today it rained (a very rare occurrence for late May) and the extra moisture will be like fuel on fire. I can’t wait to see how tall these culms will eventually get. The limiting factor may be the fact that there is less than 9 inches of soil in that tub!
This bamboo is a running species, Phyllostachys viridis. It is a giant and has the potential to grow to 50 ft. with 3” culms. I’m planning on planting this bamboo at my in-laws’ property in Mount Shasta later this summer, but by then the culms might be too tall to fit in our van!
|Phyllostachys viridis last week…|
|… and this week|
|The culm sheath—the casing covering the emerging culm to protect it and the developing branches from damage—sure looks weird on this species.|