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Skip diving - found bamboo

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by Linz, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Linz

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    You probably know I like my freebies and quite bonkers. I found some bamboo in the green waste, black stemmed and some normal stuff..could/should I take cuttings? Got rooting powder and they're currently sitting in the sink. Worth a shot?
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      Nice one Linz :)

      I'd keep it in a bucket till you work out if it's one of the non spreading types or the one that won't stop until it reaches the Severn Bridge.
       
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        Ta Zigs, I think I knew I was going to go for it anyways! :heehee: They'll be going in big pots on the side of the house not in the ground (if they root :fingers crossed:) so not worried about them taking over
         
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        It won't need a get out of Wales free card then :phew:
         
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          Not really up on bamboo, but does it root from cuttings?
           
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            Great find Linz :thumbsup: nothing better than getting your own baby plants growing heartily from cuttings you got for free :yay: i for one regularly arrive home with pockets bursting with random bits of foliage & shrubbery lol happy snipping & fingers cross they root readily for you :fingers crossed:
             
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              Been having a gander on google, root cuttings are the way apparently.. oh well I'll give stem cuttings a go!

              Thanks honey bunny, hope so too :) I haven't "taken freebies" for awhile.. my father gave me some funny looks when I came out of the bin with it
               
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                I have heard of bamboo stem cuttings taking.
                But TBH, I think it's a long process.

                Bamboo grow much better from rhizomes.
                And P nigra is really common.
                Prob not worth it in this case.
                 
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                Yeah there is the option of buying it but I seen it and thought why not, I've got nothing to lose except a dabbing of powder and a lil bit of soil :smile:
                 
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                  Take as many as you possibly can from what you've got & cross your fingers & toes that at least one roots...thats all we can do, try & hope for the best :thumbsup: most bamboos are really fast growing & once its taken off & a decent size you'll be dividing it regularly & wishing the bloody thing would just stop growing for 5 mins lol :rasp: i divided my one last year &........im gonna have to do it again this year :huh:
                   
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                    Will do, thanks for optimism! Lol I'd be quite happy with a 20ft x 20ft row of bamboo on one the side of the house tbh! :snork: I've got one f. muriele (No idea on spelling, not running out to have a look) but it hasn't grown all that much since I bought it last Oct .. edit : hope it takes off this year!?
                     
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                      Linz, it didn`t cost anything so you have nothing to lose. The black bamboo is clump forming rather than spreading. I would treat the cuttings as you would hardwood ones. Cut about a half inch below a leaf node, with the cutting about 6" to 8" long.
                       
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                        If it does take off, please may I be first on your list for a cutting please? Ditto the f. muriele :thumbsup:
                         
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                          No probs M but I don't think it will take.. No amount of sink drenching revived it think it was in the skip too long before I saved it. It's in but not holding much hope
                           
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