Moving black bamboo
In early summer, I planted a black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra 'Punctata') from a 5-gallon pot into a half barrel at my in-laws in Mount Shasta, CA (USDA zone 7b). The goal was to provide a focal point in front of their house.
|Black bamboo in half barrel|
Within four months (!) the black bamboo had filled the half barrel, and the rhizomes were starting to poke out of the ground along the edges of the barrel. In bamboo-speak, these are called "whip shoots". They do turn into regular culms (canes) but are often thinner than regular culms would be.
|Rhizomes hitting the edge of the barrel and surfacing|
Even though I had hoped that we could keep the black bamboo in this barrel for a couple of years, it was clear that the plant would be much happier in the ground. Therefore, we decided to plant it in my in-laws' back yard near the Phyllostachys vivax 'Aureocaulis' I had planted earlier in the year from a 15-gallon pot. The decision was relatively easy due to the fact that my in-laws have a backhoe that makes digging and hauling super easy.
|Digging a hole for the black bamboo|
|Hauling the black bamboo in the backhoe|
|Black bamboo arriving at its destination|
|New rhizomes that had grown inside the barrel|
|Black bamboo in its new home|
Photos taken by my wonderful wife Heather.