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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:17 am 
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I'm now growing bamboo in my 3rd state which means after hitting near mature sizes in 2 states I'm starting over yet again. These photos are not much to look at but I know from growing sub tropical forms in CA that they will size up rapidly so I thought I'd better start getting some 'before' photos. I've been slowly acquiring plants as I cross paths with them and still have a half dozen or so in pots but these are my current in-ground plantings. Several of these were either not ID'd or were clearly mis-Id'd so I'm guessing at a couple and have no idea on a couple.

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This was a nice size bamboo growing when I bought the place but I sawed, hacked, and pried it out - I believe it was B ventricosa, possibly B vulgaris "Wamin' but I don't think so.
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G maxima
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N elatus
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B chungii
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C coronalis
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Likely G atroviolacea
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S brachycladum 'Sacred Bali'
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B hirose
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B lako
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D asper 'Betung Hitam'
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D sikkimensis
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B multiplex
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B nana
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The vendors best guess is G atter
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No idea, the vendor said it gets huge 80'+ several inches diameter
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No idea, was labelled Sparta bamboo??? New shoots initially were cream striped, then took on a burgundy sun exposure blush and the cream has become hard to see, I'm guessing a form of Gigatochloa but???
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:19 pm 
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Bigger lot than in CA it seems. :) Didn't you say that there's not much topsoil? How does an 80' clump stay upright?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:53 pm 
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Yes, 3x more ground to play with here. There is no topsoil, I'm on solid lava with perhaps a 3-4" mat of roots and decomp soil full of worms or just exposed lava. I can trace a rectangular perimeter about 3" deep with my very abused shovel and then peel off a layer of roots/worms/ground lava/decomped young (like carpet) soil thus exposing a smooth lava flow beneath. I plant in mounds and will expand the mounds as needed. It is surprising how far laterally I find tree roots running, they dip into all the cracks in the lava. Bamboo of course will not do that so the mounds will have to suffice.

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