David Huang wrote:I've got 3 cold hardy varieties planted on my property. I've had them for several years now. I don't remember exactly how long, in the neighborhood of 3 to 5 years. None of them are dead, but they aren't really establishing themselves either. I still have hopes they will settle in, be happy and start growing. I may try transplanting some next spring to another area of the property to see if it will do better, or really do anything.
David Huang wrote:I have not amended with lime. I didn't know that might help. I'll try that on one to see if it makes a difference.
I don't water any of them, but live in MI where we get a respectable amount of rain/snow each year. They are also all located where the roots wouldn't have to go down too deep to reach water. I'm actually in the low area for my immediate region which results in flooding often enough after a heavy rain storm. In fact, I was worried about too much water when I first planted them so two are planted on short mounds so their immediate roots wouldn't be sitting in standing water in the spring.
Ben Zumeta wrote:I am considering putting a small island of bamboo in the middle of an 18ft x 16ft pond to contain its spread. Anyone have experience doing so?
Flora Eerschay wrote:I (finally) drew a plan of my garden and looks like I'd have a place for bamboo in my "food forest". It would actually be a long, narrow line of "zone 4", which goes along a wall. The coldest and darkest part of the garden, grass currently disappeared under moss. What grows there already: mulberry (but smaller than in other, sunnier and warmer places), maple, bird cherry, magnolia, rhododendron, ivy on the wall, wild strawberries. What I would add: apricot, nectarine, blueberry, currant, fig (maybe fig later, when the "forest" is more established, as now the ground is not very covered and it might be too cold).
I like that bamboo shoots are edible. And it looks pretty. And I make fences everywhere, to keep dogs away from food crops, so bamboo would be perfect for that. But I don't know how will it grow along with these other plants?
Travis Johnson wrote:I have some growing on me, but I am not a big fan of it. It does not seem to grow anywhere meaningful on its own, and then just runs crazy once it gets established. There are no known uses for it that I can think of, at least not here with what we have for varieties. I would be afraid it would run amuck if I did not try and control it.
It mows nice, I will give it that. (LOL)