Welcome to permies, William. Yes, I had noticed that seeds for some bamboo are available on the web, which gives me some hope for being able to collect and start some replacement P. nigra. P nigra is a skinny bamboo which turns a black colour as it ages and is wonderful for simple garden trellises. D strictus is very unlikely to survive in my soil and cool wet winters, but it is certainly a beautiful bamboo!
William Lantry wrote:Many bamboos come easily from seed. This vendor is reputable and has two species. Both are rustic and fairly hardy:
Welcome to permies, Fred! I'm sorry to hear that you're in the same boat as myself and Gray Henon. I know that years ago, I read somewhere about how to keep the mother plant alive, so unfortunately, I suspect your "new clump" will start blooming in the next couple of years, if it's just an off-shoot of the same grove. That said, what little I remember, suggested keeping it really well fertilized will make a difference. I think it was a very old book I read about it in, and some web searching didn't come up with info on defeating Mother Nature on this one, but I may not have used the right words.
Fred Bove wrote:My P. nigra went to seed this year also. I've heard that they all flower at the same time, wherever they are in the world. I'm in California. P. nigra is "running" so a few years ago, I noticed a new clump coming through about 10 ft from the original plant. I'm going to try to remove most of the dying culms from the old stand (the rat vector is a thing here) and attempt to germinate some of the seeds while digging and replanting the new clump nearer to the older stand to maintain some balance. Would love any info on how to germinate bamboo.
Thank you K - useful information! I will try to get some in the freezer, and try to germinate some fairly soon.
K Kaba wrote:Poking around the net, it looks like for the most part that bamboos have pretty fragile seeds. Most aren't viable more than say three months or so, which would explain why so many kinds are tied to the same year even if they aren't clones. Freezing and desiccation apparently can help increase the seed storage time. In theory, if you could get a couple different year-groups of the same strain going, they might not all flower and die at once. It might be a long experiment though, depending on what strains you tried!
T S Rodriguez wrote:Hi everyone,
I am growing a few groves of bamboo. Yellow and Rubro. I want to get some Bissetti sometime, but none yet. So far so good, everything is growing well, and feeding animals in the winter, according to plan.
However, bamboo is known to go to seed periodically. Nobody seems to know when exactly, and when it goes to seed, it dies. The whole grove dies. This can be devastating to communities that are based around bamboo, which would include my small livestock plans. So far my bamboo is fine, and I have never met anyone who had a grove go to seed. I am wondering if anyone has ever experienced this, and how long it took the new seeds to re-establish themselves, or any species that are immune to this cycle.
I am hoping to get at least three species established here, in the hopes that if one goes to seed, I can keep the others, etc. Are there other strategies or ideas out there for mitigating this?
Here is an article about it.
Yes, likely. I *really* wish I could remember where I read about some techniques that helped someone prevent the death, but I think it was an old-looking library book years ago, so I suspect the book has long since died a natural death also! If you're determined, what recollection I have is that you need to keep Little George well watered and with lots of healthy top-dressing. Bamboo *likes* leaf mulch and *detests* seaweed (yup - I almost killed some one year with seaweed, but it was big enough it pulled through).
George Tyler wrote:Por exemplo, if I had a new stand just a few years established of Golden Timber Bamboo,
and it was bloom time for the mother plant from which came this clone, will little George Cloney bloom and die?