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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Tall bamboo, > 3 m

There are countless types and varieties of bamboo. Our gardens are adorned with medium high bamboo, ground-covering bamboo with a maximum height of 30 centimetres, right up to very tall bamboo plants.

Gold Bamboo

Phyllostachys parvifolia with yellow/green to golden yellow canes.

£69.40 *


More information about tall bamboo plants, more than 3 metres


A few Phyllostachys species reach a height of up to 13 metres with a bamboo cane diameter of up to 6 cm, even under certain climatic conditions in Germany.

Under optimum conditions, this super grass grows one metre per day - faster than any other plant. Do not be frightened: we're talking about the tropics and subtropics. This is because some species of tropical Phyllostachya reach a height of up to 25 metres there and are therefore called giant bamboo.



Tall bamboo plants from the Lubera garden shop


In our garden shop, we have a wide selection of 20 different varieties and species of tall bamboo plants: Arrow Bamboo, Umbrella Bamboo, Red Zebra Bamboo, to name but a few.

The frost-hardiest tall growing bamboo is Phyllostachys bissetii, which grows up to seven metres high. It forms deep green stalks and is very suitable for bamboo hedges.

For a fence replacement, we would like to recommend a very decorative, striped bamboo Phyllostachys aureosulcata.

Another nice option would be to use Japanese arrow bamboo. This grass offers especially long leaves and is a wonderful eye-catcher.


Pruning tall bamboo


Bamboo is usually formed slightly rather than cut strongly. More often the delicate, overhanging stems of the large solitary plants are left standing in all their splendour. But in any case, the dead stalks should be cut out as far down as possible. The stalks are the storage organ of the bamboo and they release stored starch during the budding out period, which the new stalks need to grow. Thus the stalks become harder, more mature. 3 to 5-year-old stalks are the most important suppliers of energy, afterwards, they decompose and can be removed.

We recommend tying the overhanging stalks loosely with a wire or string at two-thirds of their height. This way the stalks support each other and do not overhang in a strong wind, snow and rain.

When keeping potted plants, decorative topiary is often used, which limits the bamboo plants to a certain height and width. The best time for pruning here is in the spring before the bamboo forms its new leaves. Whether light topiary or radical height reduction - bamboos can be excellently cut, making them denser and more compact. The initially somewhat bare cuttings are quickly clothed again by the new shoots.


Planting tall bamboo plants


Larger bamboo varieties are often planted as a dense screen. When planting bamboo, you must ensure that there is a sufficient distance of approx. one metre to buildings, walls, fences etc.

With some bamboo varieties, a root barrier should be installed. In contrast to Fargesia, Phyllostachys flat cane bamboo forms long rhizomes, which can only be moderated with a rhizome barrier. You should install the rhizome barrier as soon as you start planting. It is possible to rein in the bamboo runners afterwards, but it is a bit more tedious. To install the barrier, you need a polyethene tarpaulin, which is available in the DIY store as yard ware, 2 mm thick and 700 mm high. Pond liner is not sufficient. The ditch must be at least 60 cm deep, otherwise, the bamboo runners will creep through at the bottom. It is important that the foil still protrudes about 5 cm over the trench so that the roots do not spread over the foil.


Underplanting tall bamboo


In our Lubera garden shop, under the category 'Perennials', you will find a rich selection of plants that can be used for underplanting or as accompanying plants for large plants such as bamboos. Besides grasses such as Carex morrowii 'Variegata', various ferns such as Plumosum Densum and Polystichum setiferum 'Proliferum' or ground cover plants such as the small-leaved evergreen 'Vinca' are suitable for planting underneath.


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