Large Fargesia rufa
Height: 1.00-1.20 metres (excluding container)
Pot size: 15 litres
Number of canes: 20+
Large Rufa Bamboo
New to cultivation, with growth between 1 and 2 metres, Fargesia rufa is a good choice for a container, it has light green-yellow canes with a graceful arching habit and a pinkish tinge to the new cane sheaths. This bamboo is very cold hardy so its ideal for an exposed spot, it also benefits from an enriched soil. Although Fragesia rufa is an obvious choice for growing in a container, why not try growing it in the ground with other herbaceous plants? It slowly fills a space and looks great growing with other architectural plants, because it doesnt get very tall its a great alternative to ornamental grass, it certainly has the same textural feel without needing to be cut down in the spring.
Fargesia rufa grows best in part to full shade but can grow in full sun with a bit more water and can reach heights of 2 metres.
Information on caring for bamboo can be seem here bamboo care notes.
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Situation Open Close
Bamboo does prefer a sunny site; however they will tolerate some shade and the Fargesia varieties like partial shade. The stem colour will be more vivid if the canes are exposed to sunlight. They all prefer a rich moisture retentive soil for best growing conditions, they do not like to dry out too much, this would be evident by the leaves curling up tightly (to help prevent any further moisture loss). Therefore if planted in a windy site make sure there is plenty of available moisture to counteract the loss of moisture desiccated from the leaves.
Feeding Open Close
Before planting your bamboo you can enrich the soil with a good well rotted manure or chicken pellet fertiliser. This can be re-applied each spring to feed the developing rhizome. Feed occasionally throughout summer to promote development of new canes.
Pruning Open Close
As plants mature, prune out some of the thinner, weaker canes every few years. This will encourage the production of new thicker canes as well as helping to increase light to the base of the plant. This pruning in particular is beneficial to Phyllostachys species; it will also show off the colourful canes. Fargesia is generally too dense for such pruning.
Watering Open Close
Generally keep well watered during the growing season and long periods of dry weather (if we have any dry weather outside active growing season!).
Pests and Diseases Open Close
Generally trouble free, but sometimes can be prone to root mealy bug; look out for woolly white patches amongst the roots. To treat, water with an insecticide or a soapy solution.
Winter Care Open Close
Generally completely hardy and no need for protection.