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21/07/2013 at 13:10

I have a large black bamboo in my garden about 10ft tall and has flowered,i have read that this is rear,so would be interested to hear some views or info(phyllostachys nigra)

21/07/2013 at 15:39

Don't know the answer to this but am putting our question to the top of the list. 

I thought that when bamboos flowered the next thing that they did was die - hence all the panic a few years ago when they thought that all the Chinese pandas were going to starve to death.

Hope it's not true in your case

22/07/2013 at 07:45

Hi Paul smith4, A few years ago this happened to mine and I'm afraid it died afterwards.

I was told by an expert that when they flower it's very likely they die. I ended up digging it up.

22/07/2013 at 08:03

So is the answer to stop them flowering if a spike appears or does that not work? How sad to lose it if it's mature. 

22/07/2013 at 09:00

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22/07/2013 at 09:34

Don't know, but can you find bits with no flower spikes and dig them up and start again? Worth trying?

22/07/2013 at 22:26

It will die  Mine did. You get about 7 years from it then its all over. A few survive but are severely weakened and will take years to recover.

22/07/2013 at 22:34

Blimey! I hope you got your seven years out of it and didn't buy it last year.

23/07/2013 at 09:10

That's not good news.

I've had mine 5yrs and as soon as it stops raining I'm off out to inspect it.

23/07/2013 at 09:50

LOL kef its not gonna suddenly go.

Waterbutts I think they sell at 3 yrs so you get the full seven. Someone said its all to do with the mother plant they are propagated from. All go at the same time. 

23/07/2013 at 09:56

Like lemmings then?

23/07/2013 at 13:02

Haha I guess so. 

23/07/2013 at 13:15

mine's been here a good 10 years, maybe more and I know of a clump 6 foot across that must be much older than mine. No flowers though.

23/07/2013 at 16:33

"a colony flowers just once and then dies.  The species survive only through the germination of the resultant seeds.  Individual plants sometimes recover from flowering, but don't count on it, so flowering is something to regret, not rejoice in."

Must be a different colony nutcutlet. Thats what I meant about the mother plant. If the colony the mother came from flowers then so will all the propagated plants. 

23/07/2013 at 16:37

We're all doomed, doomed!

23/07/2013 at 16:41

LOL! Wish there was a chuckling smiley waterbutts   

23/07/2013 at 17:29

It's the 7 years I'm having trouble accepting addict. The flower then die bit proved itself true over the last few years with another species

23/07/2013 at 18:10

Mine is okay no flowers and I've just given it a verbal warning. Might put Cosmos Purity with it and it'll live 20yrs.

23/07/2013 at 21:17
nutcutlet wrote (see)

It's the 7 years I'm having trouble accepting addict. The flower then die bit proved itself true over the last few years with another species

Maybe it was just with those particular ones at the time.

I was on another gardening forum and mine and several others on there all flowered in the same year. Some bamboo expert guy said that that was why. Then a couple of years later it happened to some other people on the forum and they had bought theres all around the same time and it was about 7/10 years with theirs. We were from all over the world not just England so does seem to happen in waves depending on which colony your plant was raised from. I am no bamboo expert by any means I am just going on what happened to mine and theirs. 

What was the other species you mentioned?

23/07/2013 at 21:25

Hi addict, Fargesia nitida was theone that died last, all the same clone I understand. Went for about 100 years before they flowered and died. Not sure if all species of bamboo do the flower and die thing, I'm no expert either

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