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Phyllostachys nigra

Height: 1.50-2.0m (excluding container)

Height: 6 feet

Pot size: 5 litres

Number of canes: 3-5+

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Care Notes

Phyllostachys nigra is a clump-forming gently arching bamboo with slender green canes that turn black over 18-24 months. Give it as much sun as possible with plenty of food and water to get the canes to turn black. Phyllostachys nigra benefits from enriched soil and it's height can reach up to 3-5 metres. It is better known as black bamboo. This bamboo is one of the most popular of all the bamboo varieties, justifibly so too; the canes are beautiful and can really get quite thick if they are planted in the ground. Take off some lower leaves to expose those lovely black and shiny stems, another way is to plant in front of a pale coloured wall its a stunning contrast. Will do well in a container provided it is given lots of food and water.

For more information on looking after bamboo, please see our detailed 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.

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  • 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.