Bamboo is known to create an exotic atmosphere wherever they are planted. These elegant grasses, with their herbaceous, woody forms, can bring about dramatic and restrained effects in your garden. They are available in a range of sizes, from a few inches to 100 feet or more, and used as food, animal fodder, building material, screening, erosion control and ornamental. There are around 1200 species of bamboo varieties that are widely distributed throughout the world. Some of the forms include fernlike, tropical, delicate, herbaceous plants, vining climbers, shrubs, groundcovers and arborescent timber. 

Features Of Bamboo:

  • Widespread root system

  • Large canopy

  • Prefer full sun

  • Grow well in the soil pH between 6.0 to 6.2

  • Require regular watering

  • Doesn’t like rivalry from weeds

  • Need high nitrogen fertilizer

  • Regular staking should be done to avoid uprooting

  • Mulching & pruning is recommended

  • Vary in size, ranging from a few inches to 100 feet & more

Popular Varieties Of Bamboo:

Fargesia Emperor Bamboo: 

Fargesia Emperor is a dump forming, non-invasive bamboo variety that can be planted as a screen or grown in containers. With an ability to grow to a height of 3 to 4m and width of 70 to 90 cm, bamboo Fargesia Emperor can also be pruned to be used as a low border of 1m if required. This variety is adaptable to most conditions, but can thrive best in part shade and dappled sunlight. 

Bamboo Multiplex Alphonse Karr:

With yellow columns, pink shoots and green-striped foliage, Bamboo Multiplex Alphonse Karr bamboo looks great and is deal for hedging and being used as a specimen plant. This hardy bamboo variety can reach 4m tall and withstand most conditions, including full sun and salt air. To maintain its healthy shape, you should prune them every year and feed them with organic fertilizer every spring.

Drepanostachyum Falcatum, Himalayan Weeping Bamboo:

Himalayan Weeping is a unique variety of bamboo, featuring multiple layers of lengthywillowy foliage, giving it a thick lookDrepanostachyum Falcatum, Himalayan Weeping Bamboo is a smaller form of bamboo with a characteristic of growing to a height of 2.5m. They prefer cool shaded position and can be grown in pots as well as in garden.

Other Popular Varieties:

·         Fargesia Luscious

·         Oldhamii clumping bamboo

·         Dendrocalamus Minor Amoenus Ghost Bamboo

·         Fargesia Great Wall bamboo

·         Himalayacalamus porcatus Nepalese blue bamboo

·         Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo

If you would like to buy bamboo online, order from Online Plants – a leading online plants nursery Melbourne. We stock and supply all the above listed bamboo varieties throughout Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane, metropolitan and regional areas. For further queries, you can use our garden design service.