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10 Awsome Facts About Garden Bamboo Plants

Bamboos have features, structures and properties that are interesting to know, especially if you are a keen gardener. 

Some bamboo can grow to more than 10 metres high in the wild. There are over 10,000 known varieties of bamboo plants in the tropical jungles in Asia and the Pacific. 

The tropical bamboo plants can be found at Kew Garden Palm House in London.

facts about bamboo

Facts About Garden Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are winter-hardy and evergreen all year round. They are great screening plants and many of them thrive in the UK, either as clump-forming (Fargesias) or running (Phyllostachys).

Here are 10 interesting facts about garden bamboo plants for a bamboo grower in the UK. 

  1. Evergreen all year round.
  2. Roots are difficult to remove.
  3. Grow well in pots and containers.
  4. Can withstand cold British winter.
  5. Splinters are sharp. Cuts can be nasty.
  6. Are invasive and need care and attention.
  7. Costs depend on the size and height and cost.
  8. Great sticks for staking plants in the garden or fencing.
  9. Are either running or clump-forming bamboo varieties.
  10. Suitable for garden d├ęcor and centrepiece, borders, fences and privacy screens.

If you want to find out how fast bamboos grow, here is an article that gives Answers to 10 Common Questions about Bamboo.

GIANT TIMBER BAMBOO [Kew Garden Palm House in London]

Bamboo Plants UK - running vs. clump-forming

Running bamboo 

The Phyllostachys bamboo plants have horizontal underground stems called rhizomes. 

These running bamboo plants are great for tall borders and screens and are becoming popular in recent years because of the spectacular colours of the stems.

This variety is invasive and needs close attention to stop it from spreading.

Clump-forming bamboo 

Fagesias are fantastic garden and pot plants. They are non-invasive plants compared to their cousins, the Running bamboo plants. The running bamboo plants have great stem colourations, whereas the clump-forming have dense foliage.

Fargesia robusta and Fargesia nitida are among the best umbrella bamboo for screening because they have dense foliage from top to bottom. 

Awesome Garden Bamboo Plants

The evergreen foliage of the garden bamboo plants is adorable all season. 

Its strong and hardy stems make for a strong fence. The sticks are fantastic for staking beans and sweet peas.

The bamboo plants, whether grown as privacy screens, hedges or used as staking sticks, are growing in popularity among gardeners and homeowners in the UK.

Check out GBP Blog's archive and YouTube Videos for tips and tricks to Grow Bamboo Plants in the UK.  It has an updated collection of articles on ALL-YOU-NEED-TO-GROW-BAMBOO plants.

Can You Eat Bamboo Shoots?

Not all bamboo shoots are edible. Of the 1700 different kinds of bamboo plants, less than 200 are considered edible. 

Yet only a handful are delicious, they can be eaten raw or cooked.

Most of the are bitter and require thorough preparations before cooking and eating.

bamboo shoots you can eat
Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo Shoot

10 edible bamboo shoots

These 10 edible bamboo plants grow in the UK, either in gardens or in botanical gardens as exotic tropical plants. You can actually grow them.

Most are featured here at Garden Bamboo Plants, follow the links for more details.

Delicious 

  • Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo [5/5]
  • Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda Walking Stick Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys nuda Nude Sheath Bamboo [5/5]
Can you eat bamboo
Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo Shoot

Good

  • Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis [4/5]
  • Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo [4/5]
  • Phyllostachys edulis Moso Bamboo [4/5]

Edible

  • Phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense Bamboo [3/5]
  • Fargesia robusta Umbrella Bamboo [3/5]
  • Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo [3/5]

For more on edible ratings, check out this website https://www.guaduabamboo.com/blog/edible-bamboo-species.

Edible bamboo shoots UK
Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo plants for sale, UK

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

When to harvest bamboo shoots?

New shoots can be harvested for culinary uses. 

There is approximately a three-year lead time before the edible bamboo plants reach harvestable growths.

Thereafter the plants will continue to produce new shoots every spring and throughout summer.

This will continue for the 60-80 years lifespan of the bamboo plant. 

Bamboo shoot nutrition facts

Bamboo shoots are high in fibres. They also contain calories, carbohydrates and a minute amount of potassium and manganese.

The edible bamboo shoots are great fibre supplements.

are bamboo bamboo shoot edible?
Image credit: @kindabluntish/Twitter

Dried bamboo shoots

Dried bamboo shoots are a traditional ingredient in many Asian cuisines.

They have unique flavours, high in fibre and nutrients. 

Some dishes are cooked with duck, pork and also fish or beef are tasty and delicious.

Fargesia nitida Black Pearl [Fountain Bamboo]

 Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl' is a spectacular fountain bamboo with purply black culms and overarching green foliage. It is a clump-forming bamboo.

It grows well in shade and part shade, an ideal bamboo for north-facing gardens and balconies.

Buy black bamboos at Crocus.co.uk

Fargesia nitida Black Pearl Bamboo UK

Features

  • Identity: Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl', Black Pearl Bamboo, Fountain Bamboo.
  • Culm: Coloured, green to purple and black.
  • Leaves: Evergreen, fountain foliage.
  • Mature Height: 3 – 4 metres.
  • Spread: Grow out of the base clump 2 – 3 m, not invasive.
  • Hardiness: – 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: Grows in pots and containers, prefers shade and part-shade.
  • Care: add manure or good organic compost, avoid planting in windy sites.

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

Grow black pearl bamboo

The fountain bamboos are from the group Fargesia nitida. 

They are an adorable group because they have various colours that contrast beautifully with the natural garden colour, green.

The spectacular black pearl matches the light green undergrowth and lighter colours of the built environment.

So, grow this beautiful black bamboo in the backdrop of lighter colours.

Here are 3 tips for choosing a better site for growing Fargesia nitida Black Pearl: 

  • Take a look at the stripy colours of the vegetation (or built environment).
  • Match the colours to the colour dark culms and green leaves of  Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl'.
  • Then, plant the bamboo and pay attention to it in the first summer as it establishes itself.
Fargesia nitida Black Pearl Fountain Bamboo grows well in shade and part shade - thrives as an undercover plant, great for landscaping. 

Guide for growing Fargsia nitida bamboo

The four articles are packed with information, tips and step-by-step guides for growing bamboo in the UK.

If you want to know how to propagate bamboo plants from seeds or culm and rhizome cuttings or grow bamboo in pots and gardens, you'll find the info useful. Here are the links!

You can find additional insights into bamboo growth requirements & care on our YouTube channel – Amazing Bamboo Plants.

Red Chinese Fountain bamboo [Fargesia nitida 'Volcano’]

 Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’, the Red Chinese Fountain bamboo, is a stunning, non-invasive bamboo, its other names are Chinese Fountain Bamboo 'Volcano', Red Fountain Bamboo or Spherical Garden bamboo.

It has a beautiful reddish black stem and brown sheath which forms a beautiful contrast between the dense green leaves.

Red Chinese Fountain bamboo [Fargesia nitida 'Volcano’]


Best qualities of Red Chinese Fountain bamboo [Fargesia nitida 'Volcano’]

The 'Volcano' can grow to a height of 2 metres, and its clumped base can reach 1.5 to 3 metres wide.

A good choice for pots and containers or can be planted directly into the ground as a screen or hedge.

This clump-forming bamboo is non-invasive and prefers moist soil and full sun or partial shade. Avoid growing the Volcano Bamboo in waterlogged sites and strong winds.

 The foliage and edges can be pruned to give a compacted evergreen hedge, beautiful red black stems and non-invasive.

Clump-forming bamboo plants for sale

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

Fargesia ‘Volcanoe’ Fountain Bamboo features

  • Identification: Fargesia nitida ‘Volcano’, Chinese Fountain Bamboo, Red Fountain Bamboo, Spherical Garden bamboo.
  • Culms: purply-reddish and black stems, brown sheath.
  • Leaves: slender, evergreen dense foliage.
  • Mature Height: 1.5 - 2 metres.
  • Spread: 1 metre, non-invasive.
  • Winterhardiness: - 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Uses: standalone plant, pots and containers, screen, roof terrace.
  • Site: Part shade to shade

Some bamboo plants with similar features are Fargesia rufa, Fargesia nitida Gansu and Fargesia nitida 'Black Pearl'. Check this list for all the Fargesias.

Types of Fargesia Chinese Fountain Bamboos

We featured 7 common types of the Nitida group. A spectacular non-invasive bamboo plant, it will not send its shoots away from the parent plant.

The clumps form a dense upright wall to support the ‘fountain’ foliage.

Fargesia nitida is among the stunning Fargesia bamboos in the UK, owing their names to the appearances of the evergreen fountain-like foliage and coloured stems.

Benefits of Growing Chinese Fountain Bamboo

The Chinese Fountain Bamboo plants are great for shaded areas. If you have a North-facing garden this group of bamboos will thrive in it. 

This exotic Chinese bamboo is also good for screening, creating an evergreen backdrop or growing along an elevated site, but preferably in the shade. 

Create an exotic bamboo garden 

Here are some articles packed with tips and step-by-step guides for bamboo growers.

If you find this article helpful, leave a comment and let us know what you think. 

And finally, we would appreciate it if you could follow us on our YouTube Channel – Amazing Bamboo Plants.

How to Grow Bamboo from Cuttings [12 MONTHS 6 VIDEO UPDATES]

I grow the Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Phyllostachys vivax f. areosulcata from Rhizome cuttings in August last year.  The bamboo plants are a year old and are looking great.
It has been a year of learning to grow bamboo from cuttings. It requires care for the delicate new shoots where I kept the snails away, staked the new bamboo shoots and watered them during the warm summer months.

how to propagate bamboo UK
 

Height of the bamboo plants - measured

I measure the height of the bamboo plants at 2 weeks (August), 4 & 6 weeks (September) and 8 weeks (October). The growth pattern I observed was interesting

The fast-growing bamboo shoots reached over 60cm in 8 weeks (2 months).

By the end of the 12th month, the height of the longest bamboo was 106cm which means that the bamboo shoot grew only 40cm in 10 months.
But, something interesting happened during that time. [Watch the 1 Year Video Update to find out what happened]

VIDEOS UPDATES: How to Grow Bamboo from Rhizome Cuttings

This raw video list shows the work that I did over the period of 12 months, from the summer of 2021 to 2022.

Video 1: Grow Bamboo in the Propagating medium (2 weeks growth)

I used a bucket as a bamboo propagator. Planted the rhizomes in the bucket for 2 weeks until the roots and shoots germinated before transplanting them into Holding Pots.


Video 2: Bamboo Growing in the Propagating medium (4 weeks growth) New Growth Eaten by Slugs

I had to stop the slugs from eating the new shoots by applying slug & snail pellets.  It worked.


Video 3: Transplanting new bamboo from Propagator to Holding Pot (4 weeks growth)


Video 4: Calculating the Growth Rate of Bamboo in the Pots (8 weeks growth) - how fast does bamboo grow in a day?


In this video, I measured the height of the new bamboo shoots for 8 weeks and found the growth rate of this bamboo.

Video 5: How tall a bamboo grows in one year


From my observations, a new shoot will grow super fast in the first two months.

Then, put out branches and leaves and establish the rooting underground.

The first shoot can reach a metre to two metres, eventually doubling the height as it grows.

Video 6: What happens as a new bamboo plant grows? [Expected Height by Year]



Like most plants, a newly planted bamboo will not reach its full height in the first year.

Each year the bamboo will grow taller, in some cases twice as tall as the previous plant.

It will reach its matured height in 4-5 years and last for as long as 20-30 years.

Notably, a bamboo grove can last even longer due to the bamboo plant's re-generative growth behaviour, unlike the trees.

Important note about bamboo propagation

Different bamboo plants have different growth rates and patterns, features, soil, light & shade preferences.

Also, the propagation technique (seedlings, rhizome cutting, stem cuttings, etc) used will affect the growth of new bamboo plants. 

In this particular work, I am propagating the Golden Chinese Timber Bamboo, Phyllostachys vivax f. areosulcata from Rhizome cuttings.

Use it as an informational guide to growing the tall Phyllostachys from the rhizome cuttings. 

Is it legal to grow bamboo plants in the UK?

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 lists nearly 40 non-native invasive plants. They must not be planted in gardens or caused to grow in the wild.

Other laws briefly stated in this post cover tall hedges and property damages.

Laws about growing bamboo UK

Tall hedges

The Anti-social Behaviour Act, 2003, covers tall hedges but it does not cover garden plant invasion. 

Property damages

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014 enables local authorities and police to issue community protection notices where plants cause damage to neighbours’ gardens and properties. 

The protection notice can be issued when it is shown beyond doubt that the individual in question has persistently acted in a way that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those around them.

Is bamboo legal to grow in the UK?

Currently, no specific legislation covers the sale and planting of bamboo plants in the UK.

The UK Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Updated 11 December 2014, now the Guidance to Invasive Non-native Plants) does not classify bamboo plants as an invasive species.

Not all bamboo plants are invasive

Of the two varieties, the clumping bamboo plants are non-invasive whereas some running bamboo plants are invasive. 

Black Bamboo, Scottish Bamboo and Phyllostachys aurea are running bamboo plants, but behave like clumping bamboo in cooler climates. 

Running bamboo options

Choose the clump-forming bambooBlack Bamboo, Scottish Bamboo or Phyllostachys aurea.

These bamboo plants have attractive stems and evergreen foliage.

 They are good for privacy screening.

Use root barriers to grow running bamboo

Running bamboo rhizomes have the potential to damage built-up areas and cross garden boundaries.

Grow bamboo plants in barriers. This is the best way to grow bamboo screens and hedges

Here are some ideas for bamboo root/rhizome barriers when growing running bamboo.

Black Bamboo Plants for Sale UK

Black Bamboo nigra is an award-winning bamboo for its unique features. 

The RHS described it as ‘one of the most elegant bamboos, with polished, damson-black mature canes and dark green leaves.’

Black Bamboo is a standout. It does behave like clump-forming bamboo in parts of the UK where it's cooler.

Black Bamboo Plants for Sale UK

Here is where to buy clumping bamboo plantsWe listed some top UK Home and Garden retailers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Features of Black Bamboo Plants

  • Identification: Phyllostachys nigra, Black Bamboo nigra, running bamboo (behaves like clumping bamboo in cooler climate)
  • Site: Grow in full sun to partial shade.
  • Soil: Prefers moist but well-draining loamy soil.
  • Uses: Windbreak, pots and containers or individual plants.
  • Winter hardiness: -15 to - 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Height: Fast-growing plant, 4 – 6m.
  • Spread: Invasive bamboo
  • Foliage colour: Evergreen dark foliage all year round.
  • Culm colour: Ebony expresso black

Black Bamboo Stems

Black Bamboo nigra is a fast-growing bamboo, known to be an invasive variety of running bamboo. It is a spectacular bamboo with ebony dark black to matured expresso black stems.

At an average height of 4 – 5m at maturity, the black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) is a tall and slender arching bamboo variety, fully hardy to -20 degrees Celsius.

Bamboo Nigra is known as one of the most distinctive bamboos of the Phyllostachys group. There are different cultivars of black bamboo nigra. Check out the full collection on GBP Blog.

How to Propagate Black Bamboo Nigra

The three ways to propagate Black Bamboo are

  • seed propagation,
  • separation of the clump-base and
  • culm (stem) or rhizome (root) cuttings.

Bamboo seeds are often hard to buy near you because they do not flower regularly. The best way to propagate the black bamboo is by base separation or roots and culms cuttings.

Experiences of Propagating Bamboos

We tried the different ways of propagating bamboo and know that it requires a lot of prep and effort to get the bamboo growing. 

Yet, watching the germinating bamboo is often rewarding.

Black Bamboo Care

Although black bamboo is a low-maintenance plant, the new growths will require care and attention.

Beware that the slugs adore the tender new growths, they can widen them if left unprotected.

If you are propagating bamboo plants from rhizomes or culms cuttings or planting a recent purchase, protect the new growths by adding the slug killers.

Here is my YouTube video showing a 4-week-old bamboo attacked by slugs.

Grow Black Bamboo Plants UK

When growing the Black Bamboo Nigra, perhaps an important factor to consider is the invasiveness despite showing some common features of the clump-forming bamboo.

If you are growing bamboo in the garden, put it in an area where there is room to spread.

The old black bamboos will thrive in well-drained soil with high moisture and nutrients, but like most bamboos, they do not like compacted dry soils.

It will require re-potting when it outgrows the pot so if you want to keep it longer, use a large pot or container. As a rule of thumb, the size of the pot should be twice the size of the base clump.

If you see browning in the culms or the bamboo leaves turning yellow, check the soil. Here is an article on how to revive your bamboo plants in a case where there is a sign of distress.

Black Bamboo preferred sites

Although the Black Bamboo Nigra is an elegant variety, it is an invasive bamboo. As mentioned earlier, it requires a lot of space to grow.

The arching culms and evergreen dark leaves can spread 4 – 6m on average. It is important to take this into consideration when choosing a site to plant to grow the black bamboo nigra.

As a pointer, this peculiar bamboo is ideal as an individual plant in the garden or contained in large pots and containers for balconies and terraces.

World Bamboo Day 2022 - It is Time to Grow Bamboo

World Bamboo Day is celebrated annually on the 18th of September. The theme for this year is 'It is Time to Grow Bamboo'. Use the hashtag #GrowBamboo when celebrating the 2022WBD.

It aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving bamboo plants and promote the bamboo industry. 

World Bamboo Day 2022

Importance of bamboo plants

Bamboo plants have been used by many indigenous communities for sustainable living. They are used in arts and crafts, as building and construction materials, as food etc. The uses are limitless.

Today, bamboo plants are used as raw materials for producing products like paper and furniture. 

The numerous bamboo plants with their evergreen lush foliage have made them useful outdoors garden plants.

Bamboo plants have a peculiar growth pattern. The regenerative behaviour puts them among the top oxygen-producing plants and air purifiers.

Rapid growth in the demand for bamboo products, urbanisation and deforestation has seen a decline in bamboo plants in Asia, Africa and Oceania where they are endemic.

There is a need to conserve bamboo plants and promote their sustainability in the bamboo industry. 

Aims of World Bamboo Day

World Bamboo Day (WBD) aims to 

  • raise awareness about the potential of bamboo plants, 
  • protect their environments and 
  • ensure sustainable use of bamboo. 

World Bamboo Day 2022

  • Event: World Bamboo Day
  • Date: Sunday, 18th of September, 2022
  • 2022 Theme: It is time to plant bamboo
  • Social Sharing Hashtag: #PlantBamboo
  • Observed: Worldwide
World Bamboo day 2022

We are featuring a new collection of bamboo hashtag #KnowThisBamboo to celebrate #WorldBambooDay.

Short videos of #bamboo to help you ID them are coming out everyday, this month and next.

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World Bamboo Day Initiative

World Bamboo Day was an initiative of the World Bamboo Organisation, in 2009 at the 8th World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok. 

Delegates from almost 100 countries attended the event and agreed to mark the 18th of September every year as World Bamboo Day.

Here is what the WBO said about this special day

''World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.'' [WBO website accessed 01/09/2022]

World Bamboo Day FAQs

When is World Bamboo Day observed?

World Bamboo Day is observed annually on the 18th of September. 

What is the aim of World Bamboo Day?

It aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving bamboo plants and promote the bamboo industry.

When was World Bamboo Day initiated? 

It was initiated in 2009. 

Which organisation started World Bamboo Day?

It was an initiative of the World Bamboo Organization.

Is bamboo as strong as steel and concrete?

As a construction material, the tensile strength of bamboo is as strong as steel and sturdier than concrete.

MORE BAMBOO FAQs at GardenBambooPlants.com

How quickly does bamboo grow? 

At Kew Indoor Palm House, the giant bamboos grow grows to 2.4 metres in just 16 days, that's 15 cm per day.

Fargesia Scabrida Asian Wonder Clump-forming Bamboo

Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder Garden Qualities: Bamboo Asian Wonder has an outstanding culm colouration, evergreen clump-forming bamboo. Ideal for hedge, privacy fence or large pots and containers. Asian Wonder thrives in the UK.

It's winterhardy and tolerant to different soil types.

Clumping Bamboo Plants for Sale

We’ve compiled a list of reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Find out where to buy clumping bamboo plants from the UK Home & Garden retailers online.

Bamboo plants for sale: Crocus and YouGarden

Common Features of Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

  • Identification: Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder, Fargesia robusta 'Asian Wonder', Red Umbrella Bamboo.
  • Foliage: slender green drooping leaves.
  • Culm colour: Beautiful purplish red, matures to green.
  • Height: Small-medium bamboo, reaches 3m.
  • Spread: Clump-forming, non-invasive bamboo.

Growth requirement

  • Site: Full sun to partial shade, colouration not prominent in shade.
  • Soil: well-drained, moist soil.
  • Use: Hedge, narrow privacy fence, large pot and containers.
  • Hardiness: very hardy, tolerant to -20 degrees Celsius.

Grow Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

Fargesia Asian Wonder is a clump-forming Umbrella Bamboo, also known as the Fargesia Robusta Asian Wonder. 

This bamboo is a standout among the Fargesia group due to its beautiful stem colouration which starts purplish bright red and eventually changes to green as it matures.

The thick drooping leaves and upright culms are ideal for garden hedging or natural privacy fencing. It is also an excellent choice as an individual plant and large pots and containers.

This clump-forming evergreen bamboo thrives in well-drained moist soil. It does not like compacted soils or very dry soil.

The leaves and culms' colourations are prominent where there is enough sun. 

To get the best of this bamboo, plant it where there is enough sunlight. Ideally, away from the shade of larger trees and buildings.

If you grow Fargesia Asian Wonder in pots and containers, ensure that it receives enough light.

Fargesia Bamboo Care

Asian Wonder, like other Umbrella Bamboo plants, is tolerant to different soil types and seasonal weather changes.

Although this bamboo is undemanding, it will need care. Its roots and leaves are susceptible to dry soil conditions and frozen soil.

If the bamboo leaves turn yellow or curl, or the culms browning indicate that the soil

  • lacks nutrients, or
  • is too dry, or
  • is compacted.

Take immediate action to revive your bamboo before the new bamboo growths appear in Spring.

Add fertilisers or organic mulch such as bark or grass cuttings mixed with bark and twigs to keep the soil moist. Do something to improve the soil condition.

Bamboo protection

Here are some pointers for protecting bamboo when planting a new plant or propagating the cuttings. 

Although bamboo plants are undemanding, the new plants and tall plants are susceptible to natural threats.

Here are some tips for protecting Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

  • Grow the bamboo away from windy locations.
  • Slugs like the new shoots and rhizome tips. Add Slug and Snail Killer (early in Spring) to protect the new growths.
  • Apply NPK or organic fertiliser and mulch (early in Spring).
  • Prune and remove old culms (4 – 5 years old) to promote new growth.
  • Tie back or direct new culms into the cluster (Base-clumps).

Propagate Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder

There are four ways to propagate bamboo. Propagation by:

  • Seed,
  • Culm and Rhizome Cuttings,
  • Culm-base Separation, or
  • Conventional Branch Layering.

Propagating the Umbrella Bamboo plants by separation is probably the most reliable method in the UK, it gives the best result too.

Most Fargesia bamboo plants, including newly introduced varieties like Scabrida Asian Wonder, are tolerant to pests and diseases in the UK. 

Nevertheless, the new shoots and rhizomes tips are prone to slugs attacks. Slugs love the tender new growths.

When propagating bamboo plants, protect the new growths by adding Slug and Snail Killer. The slugs can wipe off the tender growths if left unprotected. 

[This video shows Slugs damaging new bamboo shoots in one visit]

20+ Fargesia Bamboo Varieties

Umbrella Bamboos Fargesia scabrida Asian Wonder and Simba are known to have been in Europe, a fairly recent inclusion to the Fargesia nitida and Fargesia Murielae varieties.

Unsurprisingly, these bamboo plants are growing in popularity and are favourites among many UK gardeners.

Here are 6 umbrella bamboo plants that thrive in the UK, ideal for small spaces, gardens and contained spaces:

  1. Fargesia murielae Simba Umbrella Bamboo
  2. Robusta Campbell Umbrella Bamboo
  3. Fargesia murielae 'Jumbo'
  4. Nitida Obelisk Hybrid Umbrella Bamboo
  5. Fargesia Nitida Winter Joy Fountain Bamboo
  6. Fergasia murielae Standing Stone

Grow Clump-forming Bamboo Plants

Bamboos are amazing plants. They come in various sizes, shapes, colours, and formations.

Although some varieties (Phyllostachys) are invasive, they are easily manageable. Once established, you only have to check on them and enjoy the evergreen plant.

The Fargrsia murielae varieties are non-spreading, form clusters of rigorous stems and are evergreen all year round. They are best for hedges and privacy screens or in small gardens as ornamental plants.

The Umbrella Bamboo thrives in pots and containers, and in small spaces like the terrace and balconies. 

Let us know what your requirements are – we will suggest a bamboo that is right for you based on the qualities and features of the bamboo plants. 

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Fargesia Robusta Pingwu - Why It Is Called Green Screen [Clump-forming Bamboo]

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu is a low-maintenance clump-forming, non-invasive, evergreen bamboo. 

This small to medium bamboo plant has lime green upright canes that mature to light yellow. The new shoots and branches appear pinkish with the dark shiny green leaves.

Fargesia Pingwu is ideal for hedging, screening or planting in pots. Its common name is 'Green Screen' and the reason is obvious - its large evergreen leaves provide perfect green foliage all year round.

Its low upright culms and vibrant evergreen foliage can withstand temperatures as low as – 15 degrees Celsius, a very hardy plant. 

Grows well in the UK and European temperate areas.

Buy Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

We compiled a list of reputable Home & Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Check out the bamboo plants for sale here.

Clumping bamboo Fargesia Robusta Yellow bamboo UK
Fargesia Robusta Pingwu: Dark shiny green leaves, upright green to yellow canes.

Common Features of Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

  • Identification: Fargesia Robusta Pingwu, Green Screen, Umbrella Bamboo
  • Foliage: Evergreen, deep dark green.
  • Culm: upright, green to yellow when mature.
  • Height: 3 - 4m at full height
  • Spread: 1.5 – 2m, clump-forming.
  • Use: Screen, hedge, containers
  • Perennial: 10 -20 years.

Bamboo Growth requirements

  • Site: Full sun to part shade.
  • Soil: loam, sand, and clay.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: - 17 degrees Celsius, hardy bamboo.

Grow Clump-forming Bamboo Screen

Nature painted this clumping bamboo pretty well using contrasting green and yellow. 

Commonly known as the 'Green Screen' for its dense green dark leaves and bright green/bright yellow canes. 

It is a standout in Spring and Summer when the colours are prominent.

Fargesia Robusta Pungwu is non-invasive and undemanding compared to the other Fargesia Robusta Bamboo plants. A medium-sized bamboo, it grows in tightly packed clumps and can spread just 2m and reach 4m high.

Pingwu grows at a rate of 0.5 to 2.m metres in one growth year in the UK. 

On average, this fast-growing bamboo can reach maturity at 3 -5 years. After that, it will remain evergreen for an estimated 10 – 20 years.

Uses of Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

This clump-forming non-invasive bamboo is the best choice for small to medium hedges and privacy screens

In fact, the broad dark green leaves and arching branches and upright culms provide make it the best choice for any cover.

It is also an ideal bamboo for small to medium pots and containers.

Also, it will do well in part-shaded areas. Use it as a standalone or undercover plant. It will also perform well in pots.

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu Care

Although bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats growers should be mindful of.
Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth. 

Here are the common natural threats that are likely to affect the growth of your Fargesia Robusta Pingwu:

  • New leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack.
  • Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes.
  • Strong winds damage the tender new culms.

Protect Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

To avoid the natural threats to your bamboo plants, do these:

  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Tie the culms to poles/stakes
  • Add organic mulch.

Generally, the bamboo plants thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil but the older plants will require fertiliser and moisture, at least, once in Spring. 

Check to see if they are putting out new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.

This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but not waterlogged soil.

The root hairs will decay very quickly in waterlogged soil. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo purchase.

Propagate Fargesia Robusta Pingwu

There are three ways to propagate bamboo plants:

  • from the seeds, or
  • by culm and rhizome cuttings, or
  • by culm separation.

Some people have successfully used the conventional ‘Layering’ as the fourth way to propagate large bamboos. 

However, propagating bamboos from the cuttings and by separation is, by far, the two popular ways many gardeners use in the UK.

Slugs were capable of wiping out the tender growths in one visit when left unprotected. 

To protect the new bamboo shoots and rhizome tips, add Slug and Snail Killer around the new plants.

5+ Robusta Bamboo to choose from

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu is an Umbrella Bamboo that resembles other Robusta Bamboo plants that we feature of Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP). Pingwu's best features among the Robusta Bamboo group are the copious amount of leaves and bright yellow stems, non-invasiveness and tight upright formation.

Here is a unique selection of Small to medium Fargesia Robusta Bamboo plants under the Umbrella Bamboo label.

  1. Fargesia Robusta Campbell
  2. Scabrida Asian Wonder
  3. Fargesia murielae Bimbo Small Bamboo
  4. Frosty Bamboo Angustissima 
  5. Robusta Bamboo Collection

Bamboo Plants for Hedge, Screen or Contained Spaces

Bamboo plants are tolerant and tough, they provide the evergreen perennial effect. 

These plants are fast-growing and longer-lasting. They provide the best greenery cover all year round.

Bamboo plants are known to grow at an average rate of 0.5 – 1.0m in Spring and Summer, reaching their full maturity within 3 – 5 years. 

Interestingly, these hardy plants remain evergreen for up to 20 years, even more. 

Fargesia Robusta Pingwu clumping bamboo thick leaves and dense foliage form a formidable evergreen screen, that is why it is called the 'Green Screen' bamboo.

Fargesia murielae Lava Umbrella Bamboo [Clumping Bamboo]

Fargesia murielae Lava is a small, bushy evergreen Umbrella Bamboo, non-invasive and undemanding. 

Known for its dense and compact arching foliage close to the ground. 

If you want a small bamboo to grow in a contained space or for a low hedge or screen, Fargesia murielae Lava is the best option.

Fargesia murielae Lava Characteristics

  • Identification: Fargesia murielae Lava, Umbrella Bamboo, Small Bamboo Lava.
  • Foliage: Bushy dense green foliage.
  • Culm: Striking yellow-green stem.
  • Height: 2m, small bamboo.
  • Spread: 1 – 2m, does not spread, well-behaved bamboo.
  • Use: Excellent container plant, small hedge or screen, landscape.
  • Perennial: 10 – 20 years.
Grow Fargesia murielae Lava Umbrella Bamboo [Clumping Bamboo]

Bamboo Growth Conditions

  • Site: Full sun to part shade and shade.
  • Soil: Loam, sand and clay.
  • Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
  • Hardiness: (To be updated)

Buy Fargesia Bamboo Plants UK

We’ve compiled a list of the reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Click on the link to check out the UK Home & Garden retailers selling clumping bamboo plants.

How to Select Bamboo Fargesia Murielae

Before buying a bamboo plant, check out the features because they will help you to select the bamboo that meets your expectation

The 5 tips below will guide you to select the right Bamboo Fargesia Murielae.

  • Size of your pot/container.
  • Height of your hedge or screen.
  • How far does the bamboo spread?
  • How cold does it get in Winter (see hardiness)?
  • Space or area where you want to plant the bamboo.

Grow Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

Fargesia murielae Lava is similar to Fargesia murielae Simba, however, it is smaller, compact and miniature in appearance. Simba is taller by 2 - 3 m than its small cousins.

Fargesia varieties, and especially the murielae bamboos, are less demanding compared to the other Fargesia Robusta group of bamboo plants. 

The small clump-forming bamboo plants like the Fargesia murielae Lava are best for small and contained spaces

They are brilliant for creating Tropical effects with their broad and elongated leaves and dense foliage. 

Lava can grow at a rate of 0.3 to 1.0 metres in a year in the UK. This small bamboo is tough and tolerant of pests and natural threats like wind or snow.

On average, this fast-growing miniature bamboo can reach its full height (of ~2m) in 3 - 5 years. 

After that, it will remain evergreen for an estimated 10 – 20 years under the right growing conditions and care.

Uses of Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

This clump-forming non-invasive (small) bamboo is the best choice for small hedges and screens. Fargesia murielae Lava thrives as pot plants and indoor container plants. 

Bamboo Lava adapts well to confined spaces. One reason why it makes a good container plant is its compact ‘Umbrella’ effect. Stunning in Summer.

Another reason for this non-invasive Umbrella Bamboo is the eye-catching contrasting colours. 

In fact, the broad dark green leaves and arching branches and slender yellow-green culms make it the best choice for small bamboo.

Here are some tips to grow this small plant indoor.

Maintain Bamboo Fargesia murielae Lava

To avoid the natural threats to your bamboo plants, do these:

  • Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
  • Tie the culms to poles/stakes
  • Add organic mulch.

Generally, the bamboo plants thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil but the older plants will require fertiliser and moisture, at least, once in Spring. 

Check to see if they are putting out new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.

This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but not waterlogged soil. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo plant. 

Propagate Fargesia murielae Lava

There are three ways to propagate bamboo plants from the seeds, or by culm and rhizome cuttings, or culm separation.

Some bamboo growers have successfully used the conventional ‘Layering’ as the fourth way to propagate large bamboos

However, propagating bamboos from the cuttings and by separation is, by far, the two popular ways many gardeners use in the UK.

We give a detailed insight into different methods of propagating bamboo plants in this video.

Fargesia murielae Lava Small Umbrella Bamboo

Fargesia murielae Lava is an Umbrella Bamboo that stands out from the other small Umbrella Bamboo we feature in Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP).

Identifiably, Bamboo Lava’s best features are its yellow-green small stems, compact foliage and low and low hanging branches.

If you want to give a small compact space (or undergrowth or front hedge) a serene tropical look, this small bamboo will do the job.

Small Fargesia Bamboo Plants for Landscaping

Small bamboo plants are great undercovers, shade loving and tolerant to frost and drought. They are also the best landscaping plants as they come in different colours.

5 Small Bamboo Plants for landscaping

Here we list 5 awesome miniature bamboo plants that you can use to bring the best out of your garden.

  1. Scabrida Asian Wonder
  2. Fargesia Robusta Wolong
  3. Pleioblastus fortunei Variegata [VIDEO]
  4. Frosty Bamboo Angustissima
  5. Fargesia murielae Bimbo Small Bamboo

The small bamboo plants are ideal for landscaping and undercovers.

They are also fantastic for landscaping and tolerant to extreme variations in weather and soil conditions. Some of these small bamboos are hardy down to – 20 degrees Celsius.

You can see the unique Collection of Small Fargesia Bamboo Plants we feature here, as well as other small Fargesia bamboo plants via this link: Small Bamboo Collection)

Buy Fargesia Bamboo Plants UK

We’ve compiled a list of the reputable Garden retailers in the UK where you can buy the right bamboo at the right price. 

Click on the link to check out the UK Home & Garden retailers selling clumping bamboo plants.

Small Fargesia Bamboo Care

Although Fargesia bamboo plants are tolerant, there is a number of natural threats growers should be mindful of. These threats will affect the overall outlook of the landscape.

Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth. 

Some of the common natural threats that affect the growth of Fargesia murielae plants include:

  • New leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack;
  • Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes; and
  • Strong winds damage the tender new culms.
Take action to protect the bamboo plants if/when the need arises. 

How fast does bamboo shoots grow in a day in the UK? [VIDEOS]

Over the last 8 weeks, we attempted to answer the question 'How fast does bamboo grow in a day?' We identified the growth rate of the running bamboo that we propagated from the rhizome cuttings. 

Though this work is ongoing, we are excited to reveal the rate at which the bamboo is growing.

Bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis grow at a rate of 1.43cm per day.

Find out about our latest work on bamboo plants

 

Growing and Caring for Bamboo Plants

We are monitoring the growth rate of the bamboo Phyllostachys vivax aureacaulis and Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis to show how fast bamboo grows in the UK.

These two running bamboo plants are common and we hope that their growths will give some answers to the question.

See the GBP video on our YouTube channel, Amazing Bamboo Plants, here. This video is the 4th of a series about Growing and Caring for Bamboo Plants.

Propagate bamboo rhizome cuttings

We propagated the rhizome cuttings from a recent pruning, see the work we wrote about earlier. We also noted that there are several factors that can affect the growth rate. 

The obvious factors are the changes in seasons. We propagated the bamboo at the end of Summer. The Autumn to Winter conditions can affect the rate of growth.

Slug eating the leaves of the bamboo is another factor that we mitigated successfully by applying Slug and Snail Killer around the new bamboo. 

In our experience, slugs disturbed the bamboo shoots and leaves from growing. As we added the protection, the bamboo shoots and leaves we left undisturbed.

How to propagate rhizome cutting in two steps

We propagated the bamboos in a 'growing medium' (a bucket with nutrient-rich soil) for 4 weeks, then transplanted the rhizomes cuttings into 'holding pots'. 

A two steps propagating technique that gives the cutting a 100 percent chance of growing.

The result, as indicated in the 4th video, was astounding!

How to calculate the growth of bamboo shoots in a day

We calculated how fast bamboo grows in a day by taking the measurements at two weeks intervals. Then, we divided the length by the number of days it took for the new plant to grow.

Bamboo growth rate = length/number of days

The measurements from the 4th and 8th weeks indicated that the new bamboo shoot grows at a rate of 1.43 cm per day.

As mentioned earlier, we propagated the bamboo in two steps, from the 'growing medium' to the 'holding pot'. So, we used the measurements from the 'holding pots' to minimise the margin of error.

If you do not have bamboo plants and want to buy potted bamboo plants, check out the UK retailers here.

Find out how fast bamboo shoot grows in a day

Follow GBP's YouTube channel as we track the progress of the Phyllostachys aureosulcata vivax and other bamboo plants we grow.

So far, we have 4 videos, each showing the different stages of propagating bamboo from rhizome cuttings.

  1. Propagating medium (Video 1 shows 2 weeks growth)
  2. Propagating medium (Video 2 shows 4 weeks of growth) New Growth Eaten by Slugs
  3. Transplanting from Propagating medium to Holding Pot (Video 3 shows 4 weeks growth)
  4. Calculating the Growth Rate (Video 4 shows 8 weeks of growth) - how fast does bamboo grow in a day

From our experience, we can confirm that bamboos are, indeed, fast-growing plants.

How close to the boundary can you grow bamboo plants?

Bamboo plants are great because they are fast-growing and beautiful natural plants.

They are also invasive, but not all bamboo plants do spread. We advocate for bamboo root/rhizome barriers when growing the running bamboo plants.

Here are some tough questions that you should ask when growing bamboo along the boundaries and build-up areas.

growing bamboo dispute with neighbours

 

How close to the pavement to grow screening bamboo?

Careful when growing privacy screening bamboo near patios and pavements. 

The patios and pavements laid with sand do not stand a chance against the rhizome’s tips. The tips will invade the tiny gaps and force their way through the pavement blocks.

Choose a suitable clumping bamboo to plant near patios and pathways. 

If you choose running bamboo, create a barrier. Alternatively, dig a small trench or a raised base (bed) to protect the pavement.

How far away from the neighbour’s side to grow bamboo?

Grow the bamboo in a barrier and at least a metre away from the boundary. This ‘one-metre’ space provides Access Way to the bamboo plants and will help you to monitor the growth of the new shoots and rhizome tips.

The key point is that the Access Way helps you to spot and stop running rhizomes and shoots growing into the neighbour’s side. In other words, leave a gap between the boundary and where you chose to plant the bamboo.

If you wish to grow a bamboo privacy screen close to the boundary, use a raised base (bed) or dig a narrow trench to stop the bamboo from creeping onto your neighbour’s side.

Related articles on Evergreen Outdoor Privacy Screen

Readers' note: This article is so long that we split it into several parts. Here are the related parts that you may also like to read:

Solve Bamboo Problems with ‘Access Way’

Many people want to grow bamboo, but they fear it might spread uncontrollably.

Reassuringly, there is no need to worry if you want a quick result for a bamboo screen. Try to understand how a bamboo plant grows and use the 4 tips to grow healthy bamboo plants.

The tips are based on our experience dealing with running bamboo plants growing along the boarder. They are effective in keeping the rhizomes from spreading. 

  • Create an ‘Access Way’: The hedging bamboo plants are controllable if you create an ‘Access Way’. The access will enable you to monitor the new growths that are not behaving.
  • Trim the new shoots: Trim the new bamboo shoots close to the ground, usually in Spring, when the new plants are germinating. (You will need the access way to monitor the new shoots).
  • Control the new rhizome tips: To stop the running bamboo rhizomes from misbehaving, dig the new rhizome tips and remove them, immediately.
  • Selective pruning: This applies to both the running and clumping bamboo where you can remove the old culms to promote new growth. You can also direct the new growth into the foliage to create a dense hedge.  the video of our work running bamboo. We tie back the Phyllostachys aureosulcata Spectabilis and create a dense hedging screen)

Importantly, without any access to the hedging bamboo screen, it is going to be hard to control them as they grow. 

Here are some suggestions and care tips that will help you with your choice of bamboo covers.

How close to the neighbour's side should you grow bamboo plants? How these questions and answers with tips will help to avoid any potential neighbour's dispute.