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Re: was NE weather, now bamboo suppliers

So you think heavy clay would keep the spreading tendency in check??  If so, I may reconsider bamboo!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: james singer <>
Date:  Wed, 28 Jan 2004 17:04:47 -0500

>Right, Marge, they ain't cheap. I'm only familiar with three 
>clumpers--Buddha belly, oldhamii, and golden--all suitable for this 
>area, although I expect oldhamii [which is a timber bamboo, 50-60 feet 
>tall with 6 inch diameter culms] is hardy a couple of zones north of 
>here. It's a native of Japan and in its native habitat puts up with 
>Anyway, the price is more than $100 [retail] for any of them in 
>7-gallon size. I think I paid about $50 for my 3-gallon Buddha belly.
>Another thing to consider with bamboo is soil. When I lived in the 
>central valley of California, which is adobe to the center of the 
>earth, I had a very nice, small stand of black bamboo, a runner. And in 
>that impervious soil, it was quite easy to keep it from running 
>anywhere. But I'd be an idiot to plant it here in this black sand. It 
>would confiscate every square inch and them some by a week from 
>On Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at 06:04 AM, wrote:
>> Thanks, Marge! I'll check it out!
>> Eva
>> Long Island, NY
>> Zone 6/7
>> "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
>> Me
>> In a message dated 1/28/2004 12:34:44 AM Pacific Standard Time,
>> writes:
>> Well, Eva, a clumping form might work for you, while they expand,
>> they aren't invasive as the clump just gets bigger (so they say; I
>> have no experience with clumpers - only runners). Checking through
>> the list at New England Bamboo Co., seems there are numerous forms of
>> Fargesia that are hardy to -25F.  Of course, they ain't cheap,
>> but.....
>> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>> Editor:  Gardening in Shade
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>Island Jim
>Southwest Florida
>Zone 10
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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