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24/07/2013 at 14:24

After filming for around 2 hours at one on the National Bamboo collections in Cornwall belonging to Mike Bell, the 4 minute feature which finally appeared was simply designed to reinforce all of the misconceptions within horticulture regarding their cultivation.

The slot comprised of a couple of horror stories about plants like Sasa palmata 'Nebulosa' escaping their containers and destroying all in their path! No mention was made of clumping species or indeed any hints or tips on sensible cultivation....on no wait, yes Monty stuck a potentially enourmous Nigra henonis into a square metal pot with an inward facing lip! - lets hope he has an angle grinder handy when he come to repot it... not that it will live that long if he only waters it once a week during the summer.

If you'd like to learn more about bamboo ... read a book. Mike Bell and Paul Whittaker are well worth a look.






24/07/2013 at 15:15

So, on no account plant any bamboo Borinda....!

24/07/2013 at 16:38

I agree we have just got rid of some bamboo and what a job it has been, clumps knotted together roots about two fleet deep which creeped halfway under the shed, it was a nightmare.

the only thing I can say is they provided a great screen and they looked good bending and waving in the breeze.

i would say bamboo is great for screening but only if you can afford the room it takes up and can be 100% sure you never want to dig it up.


24/07/2013 at 16:44

I think Borinda's point was that there is more to bamboo than the programme showed, and that it only confirmed the negatives without offering advice on managing it, or showing how diverse bamboo is.

24/07/2013 at 17:54

you lost me borinda i dont remember  monty doing anything with bamboo, when was this please

24/07/2013 at 21:01

Yes, Monty planted a huge bamboo in a pot that was obviously way too small.  In a strong wind it,would blow over, there would not be enough nutrient in the little soil he could put in and there would not be enough water to sustain it.  One of his mistakes I think.

For screening Passionate, miscanthus would provide 9 months of cover

24/07/2013 at 21:25

when did this happen, was it last weeks program, i dont remember it am i going a bit bonkers

24/07/2013 at 21:26

It was ages ago little -ann. Not sure why this thread has started now!

24/07/2013 at 21:31

thanks F G i did double check when the post was started when i first read it, 

25/07/2013 at 07:18

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