Best qualities: Green bamboo bissetii was given the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its outstanding features. It has deep green foliage and thick clusters of culms, grows very fast, provides a deep dark green luscious green cover, and adds tranquillity and greenery to the garden. A great windbreak.
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Features of Phyllostachys bissettii
- Identification: Green bamboo, David Bisset’s Bamboo, running bamboo.
- Site: Grow in full sun to partial shade areas.
- Soil: Green bamboo prefers moist but well-drained fertile soil.
- Uses: Screening, hedging, can be grown in large pots and containers or as an individual plant.
- Temperature hardiness: – 15 – 20 degrees Celsius.
- Height: Fast-growing plant, 6 – 9m.
- Spread: 2 – 3m at the base.
- Foliage colour: Evergreen dark dense foliage all year round.
Fast-growing bamboo Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bassetti
Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bassetti is a running hardy green bamboo. It is a fast-growing bamboo reaching up to 5 metres and spread 3 metres.
The Green bamboo grows well in sunny spots as well as in the shade. The culms are dark green when grown in shade. It has tall evergreen culms, long spreading branches and slender leaves.
This green bamboo is ideal for tall hedges and screens. It can also be contained in large pots and containers or used as natural privacy screens blocks.
Propagate Green Bamboo Phyllostachys Bissettii
There are two common ways to propagate Bamboo Bissettii, either by separation or by rhizome and culm cuttings. I tried different ways to propagate the bamboos over the years and know that it requires it requires a lot of effort to start. But, it is often pleasing when I see the shoots germinating.
Bamboo seeds are often hard to buy near you because they do not flower regularly. The best way to propagate the green bamboos is by separation.
On my YouTube channel, I showed the growth of the bamboos cuttings every two weeks. I propagated the cuttings from green bamboo rhizome and culm, and it was a challenging endeavour.
Green Bamboo Bissettii Care
This fast-growing bamboo is hardy and tolerant of frost and infestations.
Although is low maintenance plant, it will require care when propagating the cuttings. Due to tender new growths, the slugs adore the leaves and stems. The new growth will succumb to slugs and bugs attacks.
Here is my YouTube video showing a 4-week old Green bamboo Phyllostachys bissettii I propagated from the rhizomes cuttings. The new shoots were attacked by slugs.
If you are propagating bamboo plants from rhizomes or culms cuttings, the best thing to do is to protect the new growths by adding the Slug Killer as soon as the new shoots appear.
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Grow Green bamboo Phyllostachys bissettii
If you are growing your bamboos from the cuttings or purchasing them from the shop, there are certain factors to consider. The green bamboo Bissetti thrives in well-drained soil with plenty of moisture. It can also grow in clay and chalk, but it does not like compacted soil.
Prepare the soil before well before potting or plating the new bamboos in the garden.
If your bamboo plants are putting out new shoots, the best thing to do is to protect them from slugs and snails. Even though green bamboos are tough plants and thrive in the UK, the shoots are slugs magnets. So, protect them with Slugs and Snail Killer.
Where to use the Green Bamboo
The green colour of the bamboo ranges from deep dark green to light green depending on the sun it is receiving. In sunny areas, the leaves and culm are light green compared to those growing in the shade.
Although the Green bamboo plant is hardy to – 20 degrees Celsius, the leaves will turn brown and die in frost and frozen soil. If they show signs of distress, remove the damaged leaves and culms early in Spring for the new growth.
The thick culms of this running bamboo grow in dense clusters and provide a strong windbreak. The luscious green leaves are beautiful all year round.
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