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Bamboo

Buy bamboo plants from the Lubera Garden Shop

You cannot escape the fascination of bamboo. If you want to buy bamboo plants, you will find many attractive species and varieties with different coloured stems in our Lubera® garden shop.

   
 
Umbrella Bamboo 'Simba'

Fargesia murielae 'Simba' grows wide with overhanging, yellowish shoots

From £33.40 *

   
 

More information about bamboo plants

 

From a privacy screen or bamboo hedge to decorative garden bamboo to Fargesia murielae – the umbrella bamboo.  We offer numerous variants.

The colour palette of bamboo plants ranges from red, as in the variety of the Chinese fountain bamboo 'Jiuzhaigou 1'®, to green and sunny yellow.

 

 

A whole range of bamboo plants from the Lubera® Garden Shop

 

Especially popular is the magic bamboo 'Aureocaulis' (Phyllostachys vivax ). Its stems are yellow-striped and the next time you look - what a surprise - they have suddenly turned green. This bamboo is certainly unique!

No less exceptional is the bamboo of the year 2011 - the black incense bamboo (Phyllostachys atrovaginata). With its thick, green-flowered stems, it looks both elegant and somewhat unpolished, making it suitable for both stylish luxury gardens and increasingly popular natural gardens.

 

Bamboo with runners? Bamboo without runners?

 

The important question when choosing your plant is whether the bamboo plant forms runners. The Fargesia type is the clump-forming bamboo that can be planted without a rhizome or root barrier. A rhizome barrier is important for the beautiful runner-forming species, otherwise, the bamboo will spread uncontrolled.

In the Lubera® garden shop you will not only find beautiful bamboo varieties but also comprehensive information about bamboo runners and many practical tips. 

 

Interesting facts about bamboo plants

 

Bamboo is a flexible and narrow-leaved grass, a perennial that can renew itself again and again from its roots and a tree that is as light as it is unbeatably stable. It is able to shoot metre-high stems in one go from its supposed nothingness, from its underground rhizomes, but it also tolerates pruning almost without problems.

Botanically speaking, bamboo plants are sweet grasses (Gramineae). They are one of the most popular evergreen garden plants worldwide. In its garden use it can be used densely and impenetrable as a privacy screen or a hedge without becoming a boring and clumsy wall. The structure of a plant, which consists of countless individual parts, namely mainly the vertical stems with all their variations in colour and texture, is used in many different ways in Asian, Chinese and also Japanese gardens. In China and Japan, bamboo has therefore been an indispensable part of garden design for centuries. But of course, bamboo is also firmly connected with Asian culture. It is used functionally as a building material and support, culinary as food and also cultic in an unbelievable number of variations.

 

Clump-forming bamboo and runner-forming bamboo

 

Perhaps the most important distinction for the garden lover is the division of bamboos into clump-forming and runner-forming bamboos. The Fargesia bamboo, of which you will find a large selection in our garden shop, does not form runners. The roots remain together in a clump; therefore, the varieties of this species can be planted out in the garden without a rhizome barrier. Although the clump spreads by a few centimetres every year, it can be reduced in size again at any time by digging up parts of the plant. The runner-forming bamboo varieties, especially the Phyllostachys varieties, have an incredible urge to spread. They can send out their roots dozens of metres away. This is used productively for slope stabilisation and similar applications. In garden use, however, the Phyllostachys bamboo varieties should only be planted with a rhizome barrier or in a pot. This will also have to be taken into account by a bamboo lover who wants to turn his garden into a bamboo forest because the Phyllostachys bamboo will not stop at the property line.

 

Use of bamboo plants in the garden

 

Bamboo is a fast-growing, robust and undemanding plant with unparalleled vigour. This is why bamboo is increasingly used as a renewable raw material. In the garden, bamboo is an ideal plant for a fast-growing opaque hedge, it is also used as a large solitary plant or for noise protection. Bamboo in pots or containers can also be used on the terrace in changing positions. But beyond its functional use, bamboo is also always a stylistic element that brings its Asian origin to our European gardens. Here in the Lubera garden shop, you will discover the entire variety of bamboo, a selected bamboo assortment and a lot of information about this evergreen wonder plant called bamboo.

With a height of up to 1.5 m, the small garden bamboo 'Bimbo' is one of the smallest varieties. This makes it very suitable as a potted plant on a terrace or balcony. As a particularly high hedge, the magic bamboo is ideal, which can grow up to 10 m high.

If you buy these plants here in our shop, they are packed in a plant-friendly way and sent directly to your home - this saves a lot of work and effort with car transports and car cleaning.

 

Winter hardiness of bamboo plants

 

Most bamboos not only delight gardeners with their extraordinary appearance but also convince them with their special winter hardiness. For example, the zigzag bamboo 'Spectabilis' (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) is one of the rather hardy varieties (down to -25°C). We also recommend the umbrella bamboo Fargesia murielae 'Simba', which is excellent as a hedge.

The garden bamboos offered by us in the Lubera garden shop do not like to spend the winter in living rooms. Bamboos grown in a container can also be left in the pot over the winter. It is only important that the roots are not exposed to strong temperature changes. The best place for the bamboo plants to spend the winter is in a sheltered site near the house and in the shade. Wrap the pot with bubble wrap or thick fleece and don't forget to water your bamboo plants on frost-free days during the winter, as the evergreen leaves do not stop evaporating water even in the winter.

 

The ideal location

 

Bamboo prefers a bright, light shade with morning and evening sun. All bamboo varieties like a loose, sandy loamy to humus-rich soil. Waterlogging is often the reason for the death of bamboo plants. Too much water leads to root damage, then the plant cannot absorb the nutrients well. By working sand into the soil, waterlogging can be avoided without much effort.

 

Planting and pruning

 

The best time for planting bamboo is in the spring. The types we offer as well-rooted container plants can be planted from March to November. The soil quality can be improved by adding bamboo soil (Lubera 's Fruitful Soil No. 2) into the planting hole.

Bamboo plants tolerate almost any pruning without problems. The very good pruning tolerance makes green bamboo (Phyllostachys bissetii) and all Fargesia bamboo varieties all-rounders. In most cases, bamboo is only thinned out. One should never remove too much of the old stems at once because they support the new shoots.

 

Fertilising

 

If a freshly planted bamboo has yellow leaves, the cause could be a plant shock, which can be quickly remedied with proper care: water regularly, apply fertiliser (5 g of Frutilizer Instant Solution in 10 L of water every two weeks) and - if planted in a container - place in a semi-shaded place - and the bamboo will recover.

Since nitrogen is an important nutrient for all types of bamboo, a nitrogen-rich fertiliser (Frutilizer Compound Fertilser Plus, 80g per m² applied in March) should be used when fertilising bamboo when it is planted out. If the leaves turn yellow, an additional iron fertiliser (Frutilizer Instant Solution) will solve this problem. Bamboo as a heavy eater reacts quickly and clearly to undersupply but also recovers immediately when it is provided with the necessary food.

The easiest way to use slow-release fertiliser (Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser Plus, 20g per 5 L of soil content) is in a pot, which releases its nutrients regularly depending on soil moisture and temperature.

If your bamboo plant sheds a few brown leaves in the winter, which is perfectly normal, please do not throw them away, but simply pile them up in the root area and leave them there. The leaves contain silicon, which the plant absorbs through the roots as additional fertiliser. The leaves also isolate the root area during the winter.

 

Diseases

 

If you have detected an infestation of mealybugs or bamboo mites on your bamboo, you can take biological action against the animals. Ladybirds, hoverfly larvae and earwigs can take care of the aphid invasion in the garden. It is best to help the natural helpers additionally. Ladybirds and their larvae feed on aphids, mealybugs and other mite species. In former times, you had to collect ladybirds and put them out in the garden, but now you can buy the larvae.

If the bamboo is heavily infested with mites, repeated spraying with sulphur is successful.

 

Bamboo can also be eaten!

 

Bamboo is also delicious and healthy: bamboo shoots, bamboo sprouts and bamboo seeds are eaten as vegetables. Bamboo tea is boiled from bamboo grains. Edible bamboos of the genus Dendrocalmus, Gigantochloa and Phyllostachys are therefore cultivated in plantations. But be careful: bamboo cannot be eaten raw. The bamboo fruit flesh contains poisonous bitter substances which only become harmless when cooked.

 

Origin and botany of bamboo

 

Bamboo is actually a grass - it belongs to the sweet grasses (Poaceae = Gramineae). There are about 1500 bamboo species worldwide. Most bamboo species, about 500, are found in China, another 100 - mostly small growing species - in Japan. There are 17 species from Africa and three bamboo species from Australia. The rest is native to North and South America. All bamboo species can be divided into two groups according to their distribution area: bamboo species of the tropics and subtropics (Bambuseae and Olyreae) and species of the temperate zone (Arundinarieae). Most bamboos cultivated in Europe were imported from China and Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Of the bamboos that are important in our gardens, the Fargesia varieties belong to the Arundinarieae family and the Phyllostachs varieties to the Bambusae family. Despite their subtropical origin, not only Fargesia, but also Phyllostachys bamboos, which have been specially selected and bred for our European gardens - especially when planted out - have good winter hardiness.

 

Bamboo as an all-rounder

 

Bamboo is world-famous as the favourite food of the cute panda bears. 15-20 kilos a day land in a sweet little belly, so bamboo must be really tasty! And not only that! Bamboo is really a miracle plant. For example, it is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth and can grow a whole metre longer within 24 hours! Bamboo is resistant to environmental pollution from the air and water. The runner-forming Phyllostachys species spread quickly and form a dense underground network of rhizomes and roots, which is a wonderful way to secure slopes that are prone to slipping.

Bamboo is used to make kitchen utensils, furniture, paper, musical instruments, weapons, houses, bridges, dishes...Bamboo is used in medicine and especially in the cosmetics industry. The sugars and silicic acid of bamboo leaves protect our skin from wrinkles. Bamboo is the fastest-growing raw material on Earth! And meanwhile every European knows - bamboo is delicious and healthy.

From a botanical point of view, bamboo, which belongs to the grasses, is harder than oak in its woody state, and its hardness value is 25% higher than that of beech, only much more flexible and elastic - no wonder that the miracle plant is becoming increasingly popular with architects, building contractors and furniture makers.

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