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30/03/2013 at 09:47

My bamboo is in containers and is looking very dry and shrivelled.  We are still having minus temperatures at night and early morning - can/should I  feed or water them or will that be worse for the roots than them drying out?


30/03/2013 at 09:54

I'd water. The pots aren't likely to freeze right through with an overnight frost. It takes that day and night freezing to do that. Are they outside or have you got them covered. Nothing outside here has come close to drying out though I shall be checking the stuff in the cold greenhouse today.

30/03/2013 at 11:01

I have about 10 large,medium & small Bamboo,s in pots. I don't water them until the weather improves & gets warmer.

30/03/2013 at 11:08

Of course water them. In pots they dry out quickly and it has been dry this spring, the snow has been melting and running off/evapurating quickly and not getting down in the soil. Add some tomato feed to give them a boost of nitrogen.

30/03/2013 at 11:11

Oh Pete  - I was just about to say how relieved I am that nutcutlet suggests watering.  How do yours look?  Mine have very dry shrivelled leaves? Are yours in an open area?

Yes they are outside nutcutlet - in big containers, slightly buried into ground at the top of a slight slope from conservatory.  Their main function is to provide screening but they also look lovely among other bushes.  I was limited as to what could be planted so close to the house as there were already a number of large bushes at the bottom of this slope but which were not high enough to provide the privacy I'm desparate for.  They may also be sheltered by the umbrella of a large tree some way away. They are probably not in an ideal position as they have a function to fulfil.

Thank you both for your repliees do the conditions I've described make any difference to what  you would recommend?


30/03/2013 at 11:14

thanks Blairs, I just missed your reply - I've given more info to Pete and Nutcutlet about the conditions to see if it  makes a difference.

30/03/2013 at 11:17

Not to me. If something is dry and shrivelled there's only one cure. I was only surprised about anything outside being dry. We are just so wet, pots and all. 

30/03/2013 at 11:20

Keep Bamboo watered. I have about 10 varieties and they did well with all the rain last year. They are almost bog plants in summer but need winter drainage. A lot og my pot plants are very dry and have needed watering.

30/03/2013 at 11:23
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Not to me. If something is dry and shrivelled there's only one cure. I was only surprised about anything outside being dry. We are just so wet, pots and all. 

Had no rain here for ages just snow...but give it a week or so and it'll forget to go off again  

30/03/2013 at 11:28

The differences in rainful are most interesting. In theory here, East Anglia, is one of the driest areas but we've been wet for months. Even when not much more rain falls, we just have dried out

01/04/2013 at 12:52

Bamboo,s are very tough grasses, especially mine have to Last time they got watered was October last year. The only thing I do with them at the moment is prune out the weaker stems & some of the older ones & give them a bit more space. A purchased the black bamboo in 2010 & divided it with a sharp spade in the September & got 5 plants out it 3 large & 2 smaller. Last year the new growth romped away & got up to 10-11 feet in one season.  These & the others  I have are exposed to the elements.   

01/04/2013 at 13:08
Paradoxically, despite all the rain, snow,etc pots can still get very DRY. Over the weekend I watered several pots because they needed it.
Best to water thoroughly though and in the mornings.
01/04/2013 at 20:57
Hi all, can I add a question on a similar line? I was very interested to read about these bamboos looking dry and shrivelled over winter, as I was given a beautiful healthy one last year, in a pot, and while I was on holiday it blew over ( we are very exposed) and got very dried out. It has never fully recovered until I noticed a day or so ago, one or two new shoots at the base. Question is, should I thin out the huge mass of very dead looking old stems, or leave the whole lot?
01/04/2013 at 21:10

Hi Seonaid

I'd thin them out. Dead looking stems will stay dead looking even if they're not truly dead.

Might be an idea to start a new thread with this question. There's some pretty knowledgeable people who've already given their opinion and might not look in again.

I'm not a bamboo expert, only know what I do with mine.

02/04/2013 at 06:34
Thanks nutcutlet, I was about to start a new thread just when I saw this one, but will do that anyway!
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