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This is one of many Phyllostachys species that are superficially 'just' plain green but Phyllostachys bissetii stands out from the crowd because it excels at what it does. Must use root barrier if planting in the ground, and requires copious moisture to establish and thrive. It is one of the freshest looking bamboos at winter's end - its thickly growing foliage and densely clustered canes are almost completely windproof, thereby making a perfect screening or hedging plant.
Phyllostachys bissettii Identification Sheet
- Species / Cultivar
- Common name(s)
- Bisset's Bamboo
- Full sun to part shade, moist well-drained soil
- Eventual height
- Eventual spread
- Fully hardy
- Skill level
Usually bought together
What is an invasive bamboo?
Certain species of bamboo have the tendency to spread on large areas if they are not controlled. This can cause problems, if the plants spread to neighbouring gardens or in paved areas. Make sure that the growth is contained with a root barrier, when planting an invasive species of bamboo.
Discuss the matter with your gardener, landscaper or one of the friendly horticultural advisors at The Palm Centre.
Can bamboo grow in pots?
For short period of times (a few years), bamboo can be grown in pots. Clump forming bamboo (like the Fargesia species) will to better long term in a pot. Make sure you choose a pot that will provide stability, as the plants can grow quite tall and in high winds may fall over.
How often should I water the bamboo?
Bamboo plants are very thirsty plants. You may have to consider an irrigation system to keep the plants well watered in drier periods. If planted in pots, you may have to water the bamboo almost every day, depending on the size of the pot. Apply a layer of mulch to prevent the soil from drying out too fast.
Bamboos can be grown almost anywhere, but avoid excessively windy locations. Many can be grown in sun or shade (sun is usually best for colour).Bamboos are generally shallow rooted and prefer a rich, moisture retentive, organic soil.
Before planting out, the roots should be soaked in water for some time, and after planting it is important that the plant is watered well.
Hardy species of bamboo which were grown in pots can be planted anytime during the year, except in frozen ground.
Outdoor plants pot sizes
With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.
Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.
Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.
For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.
All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.
We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.
The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.
Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed. Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it.
Please make sure you leave delivery instructions, at checkout, in case you won't be at home when the courier delivers.
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