It is no longer a surprise that bamboo is becoming more and more popular for home owners and their various landscaping projects, as well as for their indoor décor. However, what may be still surprising for those of you who don’t know too much about this plant, is the number of species that exist. For now, we’ll introduce you the Multiplex Hedge Bamboo, which is one of the fastest growing and most reliable clumping bamboo species that we have.
Let’s say you planned to create a hedge or privacy screen consisting of bamboo plants. Now, it is the moment to choose the species of bamboo that you wish to use for your project. Our recommendation is the Multiplex Hedge Bamboo, as it is mostly known for its capacity to create lush, thick hedges, which you’ll definitely love.
Multiplex Hedge Bamboo has a relatively short stature, at least in comparison to other timber bamboo species, and this is what makes it a perfect choice for using it as a hedge. When properly cared for, this bamboo creates a wonderful hedge that is thick enough to allow for plenty of privacy, yet still allow a nice breeze to blow through. In less than two years, your living hedge can reach up to 15 feet tall.
On its original name Bambusa Multiplex, this species is a superior hedge bamboo with deep green color and pencil thin culms. This species is resistant to cold and is a low maintenance variety. One interesting aspect is that when a culm is cut, it stops from growing any taller, and the leaves branch out wider instead.
Originating from China, Multiplex Hedge Bamboo grows very fast and dense, therefore it is perfect to be used for hedges. It is also very hardy, which is another advantage for using it for creating a hedge.
Multiplex Hedge Bamboo loves full sun and it is very drought resistant. Regarding watering, more water means more growth. However, standing water may result in rotting of the rhizome of the bamboo plant, which causes the plant to die.
In order to keep your Multiplex Hedge Bamboo looking its absolute best and provide the optimum amount of nutrients, we recommend a once yearly application of 13-3-13 Bamboo Special. Bamboo Special is the only fertilizer that we use at the Bamboo Plants Online farm, and with good reason. This high nitrogen, controlled release fertilizer is completely organic and “Florida Friendly”, which means that it won’t find its way into the local water supply where it could become a problem.
Although this type of bamboo is extremely hardy, it can easily get damaged by the wind. In such cases, the plant’s leaves may start to fall off, yet this doesn’t cause the plant’s death. We have personally seen cases where a bamboo plant lost its leaves and regrew them within just a couple of weeks. If you are concerned that wind damage may be an issue, then simply choose a spot in the yard that provides a bit of a windbreak or protection against the elements (while still allowing the plant to receive the sun, water and nutrients that it needs).
Multiplex Hedge Bamboo will absolutely thrive in full sun, however, it is also known to do well in partial shade as well. When planting with the goal of creating a hedge or privacy screen, you should space the bamboo plants on four-foot centers (i.e. 4 feet apart). Since bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, you can easily have a fully mature screen or hedge within 2-5 years.
The very first thing you must do before planting your bamboo is decide where you wish to place it. Depending on the bamboo variety, you may wish to choose a spot that receives more or less sun throughout the day, has some shelter from the elements of rain and wind, or has well-draining soil.
Multiplex Hedge Bamboo, like most bamboo, loves water. However, bamboo is not a plant that enjoys ‘wet feet’. Being located in standing water or permanently boggy soil can quickly lead to root rot and the death of your bamboo. When choosing a location for your bamboo, it is important to choose and area that receives plenty of water, yet is not subject to standing water. It is also important to ensure that your soil provides plenty of drainage to ensure that the roots are receiving the water they need and excess water is absorbed.
It is especially important that young plants receive plenty of moisture. So for the first year or 2, you should water or irrigate your Multiplex bamboo plants 3-5 times a week. Afterwards, you only need to water it when it gets during times of drought or intense heat.
Sub-tropical bamboo can be planted year round. However, the 2 most favorite times to plant are in early spring and fall. Planting during the early spring gives the plant just enough time to get settled in and gather its energy before the annual shooting season begins (generally from May to September). People are often surprised at the amazing growth of their bamboo during its first shooting season.
From early fall to winter is also another favorite time to plant bamboo. While you won’t see much growth during this period, planting between early fall and winter provides the plant with plenty of time to expand its roots and gather its energy before the spring shooting season begins. Our sub-tropical bamboo varieties can be planted year round, however, for the more cold sensitive varieties, you may wish to winter them indoors and move them outside in the spring.
Here we will show you what steps you need to follow when planting multiplex hedge bamboo:
Many bamboo varieties are amazingly easy to care for after their initial planting. In order to ensure that your bamboo looks spectacular year-round, however, there are a couple of things you should do annually: