Red Stemmed Bamboo
Height: 1.50-1.80+ metres (ex. pot)
Height: 5-6 feet (exc. pot)
Pot size: 10-15 litres
Number of canes 15+
Fargesia jiuzhaigou 1
Fargesia jiuzhaigou from china is our favourite bamboo, its a fine and delicate looking bamboo, when planted in sun the canes turn a beautiful scarlet-red colour. The leaves are bright green and are small and fine just like a Chinese ink painting. Fargesia jiuzaghou is extremely well behaved and is wonderful for a container, raised bed or planted in the ground. jiuzaghou is very shade tolerant and very cold hardy and as with most bamboo; its a very low maintenance plant. The Fargesia jiuzaighou will tend to be a little more deciduous than most other Fargesia but this really shows off the highly coloured stems and by March it is sprouting lots of new fresh growth.
A reletively 'new' bamboo, the cultivars are numbered 1-10. We only stock number 1, as this has the best red coloured stems.
For more information please see our bamboo care notes.
The Fargesia are carefully packed in to boxes that are 1.6metres tall so the pliable canes are sometimes bent over to fit in. They will straightehn out after they have been unpacked.
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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.