Arundo donax 'Macrophylla'
Overall Height: Varies thoughout growing season
Growth Rate: Up to 10 feet per year
Pot Size: 5 litre
Giant Spanish Reed
Wonderfully architectural, the Arundo donax is a bamboo-like grass, it has lovely thick stems and long leaves and can really add height to the border. Arundo donax 'Macrophylla' has a beautiful blue-green colour and is a good planting companion to other architectural type plants such as Palms and finer grasses. the Giant Reed loves moisture and will put on a to 10 feet in growth per year if there is plenty of it, its a very easy plant to grow and requires little maintenance apart from being cut back in spring every other year if required. On a less moisture retentive soil it will remain more compact but still look great.
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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.