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A New Bamboo Has Been Added To Bamboo Plants Online - Multiplex Hedge

Posted on Aug 19, 2015. 0 comments

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This is the perfect time of year to get your start with bamboo and see what it becomes when the new spring season begins. In fact, some bamboo varieties are simply easy to maintain for anyone with a little extra time.

 

 

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How To Make A Bamboo Privacy Hedge

Posted on Aug 13, 2015. 0 comments

bamboo fenceWhen it comes to creating your own private oasis, using bamboo plants to create an eco-friendly, versatile and inexpensive bamboo privacy hedge is a great solution that requires very little maintenance. When compared to the costs and expenses of obtaining permits, buying materials and the labor required to build a privacy fence, learning how to make a bamboo privacy hedge is versatile and relatively inexpensive solution to creating the privacy you need without the hassle.

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How To Choose The Ultimate Bamboo Plants For Privacy

Posted on Aug 12, 2015. 0 comments

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If you’re looking to create the ultimate bamboo privacy fence or screen, then you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the hundreds of options to choose from. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and it also comes in over a hundred variations.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Bamboo Plants For Privacy

Posted on Aug 11, 2015. 0 comments

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If you have been looking for a unique and appealing solution to your landscaping and privacy issues, then you may have heard that using bamboo plants for privacy is a great choice. Bamboo plants have many unique qualities that make them an excellent choice for privacy fences and landscaping.

 

 

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7 Tips For Installing A Clumping Bamboo Plant In Florida

Posted on Aug 25, 2014. 0 comments

 

 

 

Hi its Scotty from Bamboo Growers Inc. and I have been installing bamboo in Florida landscapes for the past 12 years, and have learned a couple things that make installing a small bamboo plant a snap. Some of the following is common sense and the others are some good tips that I have learned from great growers over the years.

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4 Tips For Growing Beautiful Indoor Bamboo

Posted on Aug 22, 2014. 0 comments

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I was visiting my favorite Vietnamese restaurant last week (I have to admit I am addicted to Pho), where I encountered an attractive, but plastic, potted bamboo plant. When I asked the restaurant owner about the plant he told me that traditionally it was very common for families to keep small potted bamboo plants indoors, and that they were quite effective at refreshing and cleaning stale indoor air. This does make sense, as I know from my research that bamboo absorbs 5 times the co2 and gives back 5 times the amount of oxygen than a traditional tree.

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What To Know Before You Buy Black Bamboo

Posted on Aug 22, 2014. 1 comment

 

 

Everyone wants and loves black bamboo, that is everyone but the people who bought the wrong kind of black bamboo and had it take over their yards or die during the first frost. The truth is that black bamboo is spectacular when its in the right setting. That's why its good to know the differences between the types of black bamboo before you buy, and definitely before you plant. 

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3 Best Potted Bamboo Hedges For Florida

Posted on Aug 21, 2014. 0 comments

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When it comes to growing a bamboo hedge, you could not ask for a better environment than Florida. Florida spans USDA hardiness zones  8-10, and gets min temps from about 15F in the Panhandle (which has weather more like lower Alabama than any part of Florida) to lows of 35F Key West (which has weather more like a Caribbean island). This means we can grow most tropical and subtropical clumping bamboo varieties in a pot with ease.

 

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The Landscape Architect's Favorite 4 Varieties Of Clumping Bamboo

Posted on Aug 19, 2014. 0 comments

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Clumping bamboo is quickly becoming a favorite landscape material, however, due to the introduction of numerous new species, some of the best and most useful landscape bamboo varieties are going unused and unknown.

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Whats the Difference Between Clumping and Running Bamboo

Posted on Aug 19, 2014. 0 comments

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A Clumping Bamboo is a diverse group of grasses (Yes, that's right bamboo plants are giant, woody grasses.) that range from 6 inches to over 100 feet tall.  There are over 1,300 different cultivars (short for cultivated varieties) of bamboo, but only 2 major classes.Clumping and Running.

 

 

 

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How to use clumping bamboo to replace dying ficus

Posted on Aug 13, 2014. 0 comments

Its no secret that in Florida, ficus is in decline. Specifically, whitefly decline. For the past decade or so, homeowners throughout Florida have been fighting a losing battle against whitefly infestation on most Ficus shrubs and hedges. Once ficus hedges begin to show signs of decline from whitefly infestation,you have two choices, fight it with expensive, and harmful chemicals or replace it with something Florida friendly.For those wanting something as unique as it is beautiful, clumping bamboo could be your answer.

 Many homeowners and landscape professionals have found Florida friendly clumping bamboo to be the ultimate fast growing ficus replacement. Clumping bamboo is the well behaved cousin of the notorious running bamboo varieties infamous throughout the Northern United States. Where running bamboo takes over entire areas forming its own grove after years, clumping bamboo stays where you plant it and grows in a tight clump (similar to Areca palms). You could expect a mature bamboo clump to grow full size in just a few years. It will eventually reach a maximum height and overall clump size ranging in size from 4-6 feet wide depending on the variety.  There are several varieties of clumping bamboo that are suitable for using as ficus replacements. When selecting a clumping bamboo variety to replace your ficus keep a few things in mind. With over 1200 cultivated varieties bamboo offers privacy solutions in every size and shape, from 4 foot to 40 foot!

Below are a couple of bamboo selections that work well to replace ficus:

For smaller size hedges consider one of the many multiplex bamboo varieties. Multiplex bamboo can be groomed into a short bush from 4 feet to around 20 feet. This variable family of bamboo has several cultivars or cultivated varieties from its shortest, fernleaf stripestem @ 5', to its tallest, Alphonse Karr at 25'. the best thing about clumping bamboo is how easy it is to control its height.Once  growing bamboo is cut it will not grow any taller. this means that controlling the height of any bamboo is as easy as cutting it once at the desired height, then for the rest of the culms life, it will not grow any taller. this makes bamboo a lot easier to take care of than similar clumping trees and a lot less maintenance than areca palms. 

 

 

For medium to tall hedges i like seabreeze bamboo. Seabreeze is a clumping bamboo that has attractive foliage that comes all the way down the stalk and provides privacy from the top of the clump all the way down to ground level. This makes seabreeze bamboo the ultimate privacy bamboo. Seabreeze can be spaced anywhere from 6 feet apart to make a screen to a tight hedge at 4 feet apart. Expect seabreeze bamboo to take around 2-3 years to really fill out, but after that time you will have an attractive, low maintenance tall hedge that requires none of the work of ficus. Large ficus hedges cost thousands to maintain annually, Clumping bamboo stays put and once a culm is trimmed it stays at that same height for the life of the culm, this means one trip on new growth is all that is needed.

 

For smaller hedges under 15 feet, I like any of the multiplex family of bamboo. This includes from smallest to largest: stripestem (around 10'), fernleaf (20'), Silverstripe (25') and Alphonse Karr (25'). Most multiplex are green cane, pencil bamboo, named because the canes are commonly used for pencils in China. The exception is the Alphonse Karr cultivar of multiplex bamboo. This variety is yellow with green stripes on its canes. Alphonse karr is one of the most popular hedge bamboo varieties and in a great privacy screen planted with adequate space in between, or cna be an amazing tight boxed privacy hedge when planted tight and properly maintained. 

I grow and help people with their bamboo selections on a daily basis. Give m a call (my phone number is on the top of the page) or comment below and i will gladly help you select the right bamboo variety for your particular application. 

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Basic Bamboo installation tips and instructions for pots and in ground plantings

Posted on Aug 12, 2014. 0 comments

Below are some tips and suggestions for installing our tropical clumping bamboo plants for both pots and in ground landscape plantings. Please remember that our bamboo are tropical bamboo from Florida with minimum temperatures ranging from 28F for our Black bamboo to 12F for our Multiplex varieties. Before planting, make sure you know the minimum temperature for your bamboo (you can find them all on our website www.bambooplantsonline.com) . If your in a climate where the temps dip below the minimum, consider planting your bamboo in a pot and protecting it over the winter. Bamboo can be grown for a season in pots then easily cut back and successfully overwintered in a protected area, or in a high light area indoors


General information about  bamboo plant

-Bambo is  giant clumping grass. Treat it like a grass by giving it plenty of sunlight, water and even amounts of fertilizer

-Bamboo is a tropical grass and prefers high light, medium to high humidity conditions. The closer to  tropical conditions the better for your bamboo.

-Bamboo can tolerate a good amount of fertilizer and water. Bamboo has an extremely fast growth rate when given ample water and fertilizer.

-Bamboo does all its growing in fits and spurts and shoots naturally from March to September,but can shoot a bit earlier or later, depending on its environment. When it is not shooting the bamboo is growing below ground and building strength for its new shoots.

-Each individual bamboo shoot only grows for around 60 days. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on land, and mature shoots can grow over 60 feet in 60 days. Each new shoot emerges and reaches its maximum height within 60 days of emerging, so its important to give the clump all the water and nutrition it needs to push out strong culms. .


For Planting in Pots

1. Choose as large of a pot as practical. Bamboo is thirsty and grows large quickly. The larger the pot, the more water and nutrition the plant has access to, and the less frequently you will have to water it.

2. Keep the bamboo moist. Bamboo does not like to dry out. Keeping it evenly moist will ensure a happy, healthy plant.


For planting in the ground

1. Dig a hole twice the size of the bamboo root mass. (approximately the size of a 5 gallon bucket)

2. Add some compost or manure to the backfill and the bottom of the hole. This rich organic matter holds nutrients and water and will help keep the root mass more evenly moist.

3. After planting, cover the hole with mulch to keep all the water from evaporating. The mulch will break down to slowly deliver organic nutrition to the roots.

4. Sprinkle  some Slow Release fertilizer on top of the hole. Use a high nitrogen slow release fertilizer like our Bamboo Special 13-3-13 for best results. Our Fertilizer is the highest quality available and is a true coated slow release. What makes our fertilizer special is its 365 day controlled release. This means fertilizing your bamboo is as easy as one application annually.

5. If using another fertilizer follow the instructions carefully. Some fertilizer uses water to release its nutrition. Too much water and all the nutrition is released at once. We strongly urge a time release fertilizer to keep the nutrition in the root zone and out of our groundwater.

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