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Bamboo & Grass Like

Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboo, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering. More than 70 genera are divided into about 1,450 species. Bamboo species are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, in Sakhalin through to Northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalayas. They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the Mid-Atlantic United States south to Argentina and Chile. Continental Europe is not known to have any native species of bamboo. Bamboos are some of the quickest growing plants in the world, as some species have been recorded as growing up to 100 cm (39 in) within a 24 hour period due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.

Bamboo’s bring a Zen like calm to the area they are planted it has a soothing effect. Try sitting quietly in grove of bamboo for 20 to 45 minutes you will come away refreshed. There is surreal experience that takes place in the grove, the sounds of the wind through the bamboo leaves, the play of light and shadows on the leaves and canes relax ones whole being allowing stress to melt away. Take a tour through  Bamboo and Grass Like from our online store (box below) right to find the Bamboo best suited for your container or grove. There are few plants that can create a light wispy yet bold oriental feeling to an area so quickly. They are easy to care for just remember they are a grass and as such need ample water and fertilizer.

The Beauty of Bamboo

by Kip

Watching the new bamboo shoots emerge in the spring and early summer is a phenomenon unlike any other a gardener is likely to experience. The new shoots emerge from the ground the diameter that the full culm will be, and then grow to their full height in about 60 days. These culms never grow any larger.

How Bamboo Grows

by Kip

Bamboos grow in fits and starts, For much of the year nothing much appears to be happening , and then in one brief season they explode with growth. In general the first year or two after transplanting , you will not see tremendous above ground growth , as the plant is putting most of its energy into the root system.

Bamboo Care

Here Are Some Tips For Assisting Your New Bamboo To Make The Transition To Its New Home. 

First take your plant it in a container that is 6 to 8 inches in diameter , with good potting soil , Drench with water that has vitamin B1 added to it. Make sure the drainage is good ,Do Not place a saucer under the container.

Then put your Bamboo in a sheltered place [meaning NOT in full blazing sun and NOT exposed to near freezing temperatures]. Mild temperatures and semi shade are best for the transition period of 1 to 3 weeks. If the planting location you had planned fits this description , go ahead and plant it in the ground immediately. 

The new soil level should be about the same as it was in the original container.

We recommend that you do not fertilize right away , wait 2 to 4 months then feed with a well balanced fertilizer.

You will need to keep a close eye on your Bamboo for a while to determine how much and how often to water in your particular microclimate. Generally , a deep watering less frequently is best , rather than a shallow watering every day. For example , it is best to flood Bamboo with a hose , soaking the soil deeply and then wait until the soil is slightly damp [not wet and not bone dry] before watering again. 

Check to make sure the water is soaking to a depth of 2 ft. This is especially important during the first 2 or 3 months after transplanting.
After that point you can usually depend on a spray emitter irrigation system using 2 to 4 emitters per plant.

As a rule of thumb ,when the leaves are drooping this means your Bamboo is getting too much water and or not enough drainage.

If the leaves are curling lengthwise this means your Bamboo is not getting enough water.

Bamboo prefers the ambient moisture levels generally found out of doors, rather than the dryer conditions inside. So if you must keep your plant indoors for a while , make sure to mist the leaves every day.

Remember that shipping is stressful for any living thing , during any season , whether the shipping takes 2 or 7 days.
If your plant yellows or loses leaves , DONT PANIC. This can be one of the normal symptoms of travel and transplanting stress.
By following the guidelines above your plant will leaf out again with in a month or two.

I hope this will help you and your Bamboo , Feel free to drop us and email if you have any questions. info@trionursery.com

How Bamboo Grows

Bamboos grow in fits and starts, For much of the year nothing much appears to be happening , and then in one brief season they explode with growth.
  • In general the first year or two after transplanting , you will not see tremendous above ground growth , as the plant is putting most of its energy into the root system.
  • During the summer and fall , most species manufacture and store sugars in their rhizomes.
  • Rhizomes produce the roots , top growth and new rhizomes .
  • Then in the spring and sometimes the fall , they pump the accumulated energy into shoots [culms] , which grow to full size in about 30 to 60 days.
  • The Branches and leaves develop in another 30 to 60 days.
  • As the plants rhizome system expands , its ability increases to produce larger , and taller, and more numerous culms annually.
  • Individual culms and rhizomes only live on an average of 5 to 10 years , and the culms grow no taller or larger in diameter with age.
  • That is why the older the parts of the plant are frequently the smallest.
  • The shooting period varies from type to type.
  • In general the temperate climate Bamboos are runners , which shoot in the spring.
  • While the tropical types are clumpers which shoot in the late fall.
  • The size and appearance of any particular Bamboo may vary significantly depending upon climate conditions.
  • Size aloe is greatly affected by temperature , nutrition , water, and sun exposure.