Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissetii was given the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its outstanding features.
It has deep green foliage and thick clusters of culms, grows very fast, provides a deep dark green luscious green cover, and adds tranquillity and greenery to the garden.
A great shade plant.
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|Green Bamboo (Phyllostachys bisettii)|
Features of Phyllostachys bissetii
- Identification: Green bamboo, David Bisset’s Bamboo, running bamboo.
- Site: Grow in full sun to partial & full shade.
- Soil: Green bamboo prefers moist but well-drained fertile soil.
- Uses: Screening and hedging, can be grown in large pots and containers or as an individual plants.
- Winter hardiness: - 15 - 20 degrees Celsius.
- Height: Fast-growing plant, 6 – 9m.
- Spread: 2 – 3m at the base.
- Foliage colour: Evergreen dark dense foliage all year round.
Green Bamboo (Phyllostachys bisettii) Vs. Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
|Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)|
Fast-growing Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissetii
Green Bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii is a running hardy green bamboo. It is a fast-growing bamboo reaching up to 5 metres and spread 3 metres.
The Green bamboo grows well in sunny spots as well as in the shade. The culms are dark green when grown in shade.
It has tall evergreen culms, long spreading branches and slender leaves.
This green bamboo is ideal for tall hedges and screens. It can also be contained in large pots and containers or used as natural privacy screen blocks.
Propagate Green Bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii
There are two common ways to propagate Bamboo Bissetii, either by separation or by rhizome and culm cuttings.
At GBP, we tried different ways to propagate the bamboo over the years and know that it requires a lot of effort to start. But, it is often pleasing to see the shoots germinating.
Bamboo seeds are often hard to buy near you because they do not flower regularly. The best way to propagate green bamboo is by separation.
Grow Green bamboo Phyllostachys bissetii
If you are growing your bamboo from the cuttings or purchasing them from the shop, there are certain factors to consider.
The green bamboo Bisetti thrives in well-drained soil with plenty of moisture. It can also grow in clay and chalk, but it does not like compacted soil.
Prepare the soil well before potting or plating the new bamboo in the garden.
Green Bamboo Bissetii Care
Winter's freeze and strong winds can affect the foliage, but not the culms. The leaves will turn brown and fall off but expect re-leafing on old growth.
Although is a low-maintenance plant, it will require care when propagating the cuttings.
The new growth will succumb to slug and bug attacks.
If you are propagating bamboo plants from rhizomes or culms cuttings, the best thing to do is to protect the new growths by adding the Slug Killer as soon as the new shoots appear.
Green Bamboo Screen Shade
The green colour of the bamboo ranges from deep dark green to light green depending on the sun it is receiving.
In sunny areas, the leaves and culm are light green compared to those growing in the shade.
Although the Green bamboo plant is winter hardy to – 20 degrees Celsius, the leaves will turn brown and die in frost and frozen soil.
If they show signs of distress, remove the damaged leaves and culms early in Spring for the new growth.
The thick culms of this running bamboo grow in dense clusters and provide a strong windbreak. The luscious green leaves are beautiful all year round.
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