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Phyllostachys Nigra

Running Bamboo South Africa


Phyllostachys nigra, commonly known as, black bamboo, is a type of bamboo, native to Hunan Province of China, and is widely cultivated elsewhere.

Phyllostachys Nigra Cape Town will naturally grow up to 6mtrs in the ground but is promoted as between 3-4mtrs in height in pots. It can be easily trimmed down in height if need be. It has a weepy growth habit, not vertical, with attractive bushy green foliage. The natural spread of running bamboo has no limit, so they are wonderful for creating groves or forests.

  • Type: running bamboo
  • Height: up to 6m
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Names: black bamboo, phyllostachys nigra

Phyllostachys Nigra Cape Town

Black Bamboo Cape Town can be planted in the early spring months in a planting location that features full sun or partial shade. In mild climates, Phyllostachys Nigra Cape Town can be planted at any time of the year. It is low maintenance & drought tolerant once established in the ground. However, in pots and troughs, it will require regular watering.

After planting, Phyllostachys Nigra South Africa tends to take five or six years before it becomes firmly established and the culms reach their full height potential. After planting, the new culms of Phyllostachys Nigra South Africa appear green and may take up to three years before they turn completely black.

Black bamboo South Africa does not tolerate wind and the foliage has been damaged at temperatures below 10° Fahrenheit. If a dry wind is present, plant in a protected area. Foliage loss occurs at 0° to -5° with a complete top kill of canes at around -10° to -15°.

Fertilizer For Black Bamboo Cape Town

Black Bamboo South Africa can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo tree once it has been in the ground for one month. A time-release fertilizer will work great. Time-release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance. We use some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize twice a year. Once in the early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the growing season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted.

Phyllostachys Nigra For Hedging

Once black bamboo South Africa has settled in and the tall, black canes have arrived, Phyllostachys nigra makes a wonderfully attractive, evergreen privacy screen or hedge. However, it can also be grown in large containers as an eye-catching addition to the patio, creating a restful space with soft movement. Interestingly, it can be useful in areas where deer may be a problem as they tend to avoid it.

In addition to beautifying your garden, Phyllostachys nigra South Africa can also be harvested and used for making some lovely arts, crafts and furniture. Even if you have no woodworking skills, you can gather a few canes of bamboo in a tall, oriental vase and stand them in a corner

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