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Below is a list of bamboos that we are currently cultivating that is in flower. This list does not predicate that these varieties are in gregarious flowering. It just indicates which varieties that we have in cultivation that are flowering in containers. These varieties are still for sale, but there is no guarantee that they will recover from flowering.

  • Bambusa multiplex
    • Note: We only have one or two pots in flower. These were actually bought as part of a larger collection of plants a few years back. The gentlemen that I had purchased these from had named this plant B. m. 'Long Node' because he had observed that the internodes on this form was much longer than the other forms. I really didn't put much stock into the claim and just set these aside and forgot about them. I found them in flower in the spring of 2010, after spotting a number of seedlings on the ground. No other form of B. multiplex that we have in stock has been observed to be in flower
    • Producing viable seed.
    • Has produced a number of seedlings.
  • Phyllostachys aurea albovariegata
    • In heavy flowering since 2009
    • Producing viable seed
    • Producing seedlings although none appear to be variegated.
  • Phyllostachys glauca 'Yunzhu'
    • Partial flowering since 2008
    • Producing viable seed
    • Producing seedlings although none appear to be variegated
  • Phyllostachys rubicunda
    • Note: This bamboo was part of a number of plants imported from the EU in 2007. Only a couple of containers are in the US, all in flower.
    • Heavy flowering since 2008
    • Producing viable seed
    • Producing a number of seedlings which vary greatly.
  • Pleioblastus shibuyanus 'Tsuboi'
    • Partial flowering since 2009
    • Producing viable seed
    • Producing seedlings although none appear to be variegated.
  • Pseudosasa japonica
    • Note: We purchased a large number of plants a few years back from a wholesaler and all plants purchased from this source are in flower. Prior to this we had purchased a number of plants from another source that has never flowered, at least not yet. Also of note we haven't observed any of the flowering plants die at this point. Which indicates they may recover from flowering.
    • Heavy flowering since 2006
    • Producing viable seed
    • Producing seedlings although the germination rate is very poor and the seedlings that are produced that are not hybrids seems be weak poor quality plants.

Others plants that have we have cultivated in containers (usually very low numbers of plants), flowered and completely died out in the past are listed below.

  • Pleioblastus hindsii
    • 1 container that produced a number of seedlings for 3 years and died out completely. This form of Pl. hindsii was call Pl. hindsii gramineus because it differed from the typical upright leaf habit of the type plant and had larger leaves that tended to weep more. I later talked to the original grower and he told me that all of his had flowered out and died as well.
    • Produced viable seed
    • Produced a number of seedlings as well as hybrids.
  • Pleioblastus gauntlettii
    • This plant was interesting - We had purchased a 7 gal pot of this plant, sawed in half and repotted it in 2 pots in 2007. One pot flowered for 3 years and died, the other pot never flowered.
    • Produced viable seed
    • Produced a number of seedlings as well as hybrids
  • Bambusa gibba
    • 1 container - flowered heavily and died
    • Produced viable seed
    • Produced a few seedlings
  • Dendrocalamus sikkimensis
    • 1 container - flowered heavily and died
    • Produced no viable seed
  • Pleioblastus juxianensis
    • 2011 - All containers in heavy flower.
 

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Bamboo shoots will emerge from the ground for a few inches and usually pause for about a week before continuing to shoot skyward. They are covered by a hard protective sheath at each node which is deciduous and falls away once the shoot fully extends outward. The sheath has several functions, one of which is to protect the new shoot as it extends its internodes. At this stage the new shoots have a high water content and are very soft. The diameter of the shoot at its base is the diameter that the new culm (cane) will have when fully mature and throughout its life. New shoots extend upward by extending its internodes similar to the way a telescoping antenna will extend by pulling on it. They are fully extended and hardened off in apx 6 weeks from emerging from the ground.

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