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Rampant bamboo

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:45

A local radio gardener said it too..."bamboos are shallow rooting" Dave.  The programme was inundated with calls to suggest bamboo roots had gone deep, had grown under the garage, under the patio, under a fence to emerge next door and disappearing only to appear several metres away.  My experience too that bamboos go deep 

I am aware of people having constant problems trying to eradicate bamboo.  

I cleared a large clump of bamboo many years was growing in a clay soil and    part of a  boundary.  I removed deep, deep roots and borrowed a trailer to cart the lot away.  Where space is tight removing bamboo is almost impossible.

the moral is "don't plant bamboo" unless you know you have a recognised clumper 


Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:32

More haste less speed and less money in my pocket. 

Should have changed my shoes, should have been more patient but impulse decided I lift and divide another miscanthus.  It is pretty big...very big 

thought it would take 10 minutes but took me 40.  Sliced through my trainers (yep!  Too lazy to change them) and broke my stainless steel spade.  A crowbar was not far away but, no, I just had to keep levering with my spade.  

Eventually extracted the grass and then needed a saw to cut it.  A few "deary me's"  and I replanted  what I wanted to.

the cost?  New trainers and spade.  

could have, would have, should have.  

If only I curbed my impetuousness 

Jurassic plants

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:12

Jerry, we deserve a picture when you have done the planting.  Sounds great 

any grasses for contrast?  Some can look tropical? 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 17:07

........and Monty's Dream Gardens ? 

I think most of know and understand basic mathematics 

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 16:46


garden containers

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 16:44

for fruit trees I would not take such shortcuts.  And use john innes number 3.

it might be better to use smaller containers to start with if trees are small 

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 16:36

Prim, just retain top leaves.  Only pinch out once they are growing.

I have a feeling your osteos are the least hardy ones.....purple, yellow,,orange?  Clump formers?  If so i would dig them up and pot or fleece them because colder weather will kill them.  

Cuttings?  can you provide heat or kitchen windowsill?  Poly bag too. 

Jurassic plants

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 16:29

Colocasia.....including deep blacks JerryBone 

why? Wot did you do Hosta? 

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 14:24

Hiya Prim,

firstly, these "baby plants", are you saying they each have roots?  If so pot them up in 9cm pots. Use a mixture of mpc and perlite and they will grow very quickly now.  

Or are these "baby plants" simply new shoots?  if over say 3" long trim them up and use them for cuttings.    Do this asap before any colder weather comes, as it surely will 




Berbers sawfly.

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 12:42

Still time for winter wash spray and drench 

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