Ivory Column Bamboo (Fargesia robusta) is a popular choice for bamboo growers due to its many attractive features. It is a clumping bamboo, which means that it does not spread by rhizomes (underground stems).
The clumping habit makes it an ideal choice for planting in small spaces or near existing structures. The Ivory Column Bamboo is also hardy in USDA zones 6-9 (RHS hardiness zones H4 to H7)/ It is fast-growing, versatile, and has an attractive appearance (see the image below).
Ivory Column Bamboo has slender, upright canes and dark green leaves. The new shoots emerge in a rusty red colour, adding a touch of interest to the plant in the spring.
The culm sheaths (the papery sheaths that cover the base of the canes) persist and fade to a light colour, giving the culms a distinctive checkerboard pattern.
Habit of Ivory Column Bamboo
It is a clumping bamboo, which means that it does not spread by rhizomes. This makes it an ideal choice for planting in small spaces or near existing structures. Clumping bamboos are also less likely to become invasive than running bamboos.
Hardy in USDA zones 6-9 (RHS hardiness zones H4 to H7). This means that it can tolerate temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. This makes it a good choice for growing in most parts of the UK.
Fast-growing bamboo, reaching heights of up to 6 metres in just a few years. This makes it a good choice for creating a quick privacy screen or hedge.
Ivory Column Bamboo can be used in a variety of ways in the landscape. It can be planted as a single specimen, used to create a hedge or privacy screen, or grown as a container plant. It can also be used to create a windbreak or provide shade.
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Planting and care
Ivory Column Bamboo is best planted in the spring or autumn. To plant, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and the same depth. Place the root ball in the hole and backfill with soil. Water the bamboo thoroughly.
Mulch around the bamboo with bark chips or wood chips to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Water this clumping bamboo regularly, especially during the first year after planting. Fertilise the bamboo once a year with a balanced fertiliser. Cut back any old or damaged culms in the late winter or early spring.
Conclusion (Ivory Column Bamboo)
Ivory Column Bamboo is a beautiful, versatile, and hardy bamboo that is a great choice for bamboo growers of all experience levels. With proper care, it will provide you with many years of enjoyment.
Ivory Column Bamboo tips
It can be grown in a variety of soil types, but it prefers well-drained soil, and in full sun or partial shade. It is relatively resistant to pests and diseases.
If you are looking for a beautiful and versatile clumping bamboo to grow in your garden, this clumping bamboo is a great option.