Grow Fargesia murielae Luca: an exceptionally low-growing small umbrella bamboo, no more than a metre at full height. This clump-forming bamboo was the 2018 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year contender.
Luda is ideal for ground cover and pots because of its dense (umbrella) evergreen foliage low down on the ground. If you want a small compact umbrella bamboo, the Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo (Fargesia murielae Luca) is the best choice.
Characteristics Fargesia murielae Luca
- Identification: Fargesia murielae Luca, Umbrella Bamboo, Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo Luca.
- Foliage: Shiny green, narrow, pointed leaves.
- Culm: Green culm matures to yellow.
- Height: 0.5m, small bamboo.
- Spread: 0.5 – 1.5m, clmp-forming, non-invasive
- Use: Excellent pot plant, small hedge, undergrowth, landscaping.
- Perennial: 20 years.
Fargesia Bamboo Growth Conditions
- Site: Full sun, part shade and shade.
- Soil: Loam fertile soil, need regular plant feed.
- Moisture: Well-drained and moist.
- Hardiness: Fully hardy bamboo, tolerates chilly conditions
Special qualities of Fargesia murielae Luca
Fargesia murielae Luca, also known as the Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo Luca. This non-invasive bamboo grows to a metre at full height and spreads the same distance, perfect for a pot plant or undergrowth or for landscaping.
This small bamboo is a standout due to its slender green leaves and green/yellow stout canes with the thick crowded foliage. There is no doubt Fargesia murielae Luca is perfect for small gardens, urban courtyards or pots and containers.
Bamboo Fargesia Luca is fully hardy. It grows well in sun and shade. This small umbrella bamboo provides a Tropical atmosphere where its planted, whether in pots on terraces or in a small garden as undergrowth.
It is perhaps important to note that, unlike the other Umbrella Bamboo Plants, both the new and old Dwarf Bamboo Luca will require plant feed (or NPK fertiliser) and water on a regular basis.
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How to Care for Small Umbrella Bamboo
The cultivator ‘Luca’ requires close care and attention compared to the other bamboo varieties. Lucas’ slender leaves lose water very quickly through transpiration, therefore it will need water in Spring and Summer.
‘Luca’ grows well in partial shade and shade locations and prefers fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
Remove any dead, diseased, or damaged canes and apply plant feed (or NPK fertilisers) in Spring to promote new and healthy growth.
Although Fargesia murielae Luca is hardy and tolerant to pest and diseases, there is a number of natural threats you should be mindful of. Mitigating these early threats is the best thing to do to protect the new growth.
Here are the common natural threats that are likely to affect the growth of your Fargesia murielae Luca:
- New leaves, bamboo shoots and rhizomes tips are susceptible to slug attack.
- Frozen soil damages the exposed root hairs and rhizomes.
- Strong winds damage the tender new culms.
Nurture Fargesia murielae Luca
To avoid the natural threats to your bamboo plants, do these:
- Apply Slug and Snail Killer around your new bamboo.
- Add organic mulch.
- Tie the culms to poles/stakes
Generally, the bamboo plants thrive in well-aerated loam, or sand and loose clay soil but the older plants will require fertiliser and moisture, at least, once in Spring. Check to see if they are putting out new shoots, or whether the leaves and soil are in good condition.
This clump-forming bamboo loves moist soil, but not waterlogged soil, The roots hairs will decay very quickly in waterlogged soil. Something to avoid if you are growing a new bamboo purchase.
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Fargesia murielae Luca Dwarf Umbrella Bamboo
Fargesia murielae Luca is an Umbrella Bamboo that stands out from the other small Umbrella Bamboo we feature of Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP).
Identifiably, Bamboo Luca’s best features are its yellow-green small stems, compact foliage and low and low hanging branches.
If you want to give a small compact space, undergrowth or front hedge a Tropical look, this small bamboo will do the job.
5 Small Bamboo Plants for Gardens and Pots
Here is a unique selection of Small Fargesia Bamboo Plants we feature here at Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP) that are similar to Fargesia murielae Luca.
- Fargesia murielae Lava
- Scabrida Asian Wonder
- Fargesia murielae Bimbo Small Bamboo
- Frosty Bamboo Angustissima
- Robusta Bamboo Collection
The small bamboo plants are ideal for contained spaces and small gardens and hedges. They are also fantastic for landscaping, tolerant to extreme variations in weather and soil conditions. Some of these small bamboos are hardy down to – 20 degrees Celsius.
Garden Bamboo Plants (GBP) Information
Watching the bamboo hedge dancing in the wind or standing among the white snowfall providing the evergreen cover is a wonderful experience. You can create this experience wherever you are with the right bamboo.
The Care and Maintenance information we provide on Fargesia murielae Luca is based on our experience with bamboo that we grow in the Garden. Additionally, data on Growth Requirements and Qualities of the bamboos are from reliable sources within the UK like the RHS, Local Garden Centres and our Affiliate Partners.
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