Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectablis'
Height: 1.50-2.00 metres (ex. pot)
Height: 6 feet (ex. pot)
Pot Size: 5 litre
Number of canes: 4+
Golden zig zag bamboo
Phllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectablis' a grand name for a grand plant! Tall and clump forming, Spectablis is a wonderfully colourful bamboo, the canes are randomly zig-zagged and are the brightest orange-yellow with a deep groove on alternate sides which is filled with a flash of bright green, giving the overall image of a stripey stemmed bamboo.
Phyllostachys Spectablis is very cold hardy and looks fantastic all year round, this is one of our most popular decorative bamboos for screening. Take off some of the lower leaves to show off the golden canes, it also looks lovely when planted into a raised bed so you really get to enjoy those wonderful canes. Great planted as a specimen but will look really gorgeous planted in a group, I have even seen this planted as a formal hedge in the centre of London, it had the lower leaves removed and the top was trimmed it looked supprisingly great!
Care notes for the bamboo can be seen here.
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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.