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Red Margin Bamboo

5.00 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews )

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Red Margin Bamboo is an excellent choice for privacy screening in colder climate zones because of its fast growth, cold hardiness and ability to withstand cold dry winds. It is named for the small red margins of coloration on all the new edible shoots.

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Phyllostachys Rubromarginata 'Red Margin Bamboo' -5 Climate Zones 5b-9 Sun to Shade

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Phyllostachys Rubromarginata ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ is our fasted growing screening bamboo. ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ is an excellent choice for privacy screening in colder climate zones because of its fast growth, cold hardiness and ability to withstand cold dry winds. It is named for the small red margins of coloration on all the new edible shoots.

This past year ‘Red Margin Bamboo’ was the most sought after bamboo we supplied. It has beautiful green canes with long nodes. Very hardy bamboo that makes a great screen and is growing well in warm climate zones 5 locations.

This one is doing well above 5000 feet in cold Denver, CO.  The culm (cane) sheaths are olive color with fine reddish striping. The culm sheath borders have the pronounced red margin. Sheath auricles and oral setae are absent. The ligule is dark red in color. Handles salt spray well. This great bamboo will provide a screening effect even in densely shaded areas.

In USDA Climate Zone 7 expect mature size canes to be over 50 feet. in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 6 expect mature size canes to be 20 to 30 feet in height.

In USDA Climate Zone 5 expect mature size canes to be 12 to 18 feet in height.

An extensive government study done by the University of Auburn agriculture department showed it to be superior in culm/rhizome production. The university tested twenty seven species over a thirty year period and found it be dramatically superior over the other bamboo tested in the genus. We have found this species to be a healthy and strong grower. It is one of the best species if you want to have a bamboo grove or screen fast.

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata ‘Red Margin’ is an excellent choice for shaded areas. This species has proven to do very well in deep shade. In our experience it has also adapted to wet sites very well. Even out performing Phyllostachys atrovaginata or Phyllostachys purpurata in poorly drained areas. Once established it grows very dense and produces hundreds of canes close together.

The beautiful canes are highly sought after for use in arts and crafts. The long inter nodal spaces can reach up to 22 inches on mature canes. The hard wood of this species make it an excellent timber bamboo.

It’s name is derived from the beautiful red markings on the new spring shoots.

Plant introduction number (PI) into the U.S. 77000

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14 reviews for Red Margin Bamboo

  1. mike@mhpayne.com
    5 out of 5

    Great Bamboo from a Great CompanyRoger and Daniel really took care of me and my order of (6) #3 Phyllostachys rubromarginata. They were very patient and responsive to my many emails and questions. They shipped Wednesday, and I received the plants Friday at Noon. Don't be surprised at the little care the shipper provides. Fortunately, they were packed extremely well, and the root balls were still moist. The plants themselves were even healthier and taller than I imagined. The hardest part of the process was digging the trench to lay the border barrier; which I also purchased here a while back. I had a lot of rocks and roots to contend with. My only problem now is finding room on my property for more bamboo!

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  2. hooperhd@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Red Margin!!!I purchased my Red Margin about 5 years ago from Lewis Bamboo and I couldn't be happier, the shoots from this spring look to be topping 25 feet. Additionally, I have a grove of Spectabilis that I purchased from Lewis and had to transplant starts to our new property, this planting is about 6 years old and this year the shoots topped 20 feet.

    Please don't make the mistake I made, I got lazy and didn't properly trim my roots, this spring I had to trench both plantings to 36 inches and pull up the runners (not fun), but I just received 2 - 100ft rolls of 80mil ploy from Lewis to prevent any further "escapes". It is important to note that the longest runner from the grove planting was only about 25 feet over 6 years of growth in zone 6. So it spreads methodically, but is far from "invasive".

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  3. alabamapajama@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    If you are looking to buy bamboo, Lewis Bamboo is the place to do it!

    Here is my experience:

    I placed my order Tuesday at noon for a 3 gallon plant. With their super fast order processing, i actually had the plant in my hands that same Friday just after noon. And i am well over 1000 miles away. It was packaged very well. The box was more than sturdy enough to protect the plant from the package handlers while in transit. There was a nice "how to" sticker stuck inside the flap telling you what to do with the plant. The root ball was moist but not wet. It was encased in a nice paper then plastic wrapping system. The product description online said the plant would be 4 feet tall or less, so that is all that i was expecting. When i pulled it out of the box, it was like a magic trick! It came out and was closer to 8' or 9'! Needless to say i was pleasantly shocked!

    My bit of advise: amend AND till the soil in the areas where you want a bamboo grove to grow as soon as you order it. That way, when you get it in the mail, all you have to do is go and drop it in the already nice soil and wait for it to explode forth from where you want it to grow. It will tend to grow from the nice soil areas first. So if you want a row of bamboo, do the soil in a nice row. Just some advice from what i did with my first batch that i planted, and it did nicely. But i moved houses, so i am doing it all over again right now!


    Now quit reading reviews and click "ADD TO CART" already! ;)

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  4. marich1975@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

    Great Bamboo it has nice new growth!!

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  5. Flintfinder79@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    Great customer service, great shipping . Nice plants.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Awesome!

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  7. 5 out of 5

    It seemed risky to buy live plants on line but with ample information and an easy to negotiate site I decided to take a chance. The results were good. Plants arrived as described and on time -- healthy...

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Plants arrives quickly and in great shape. Doing quite well after a week in the ground.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Great plants and EXCELLENT service.

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Excellent product as well as customer service.

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  11. 5 out of 5

    It was fast delivery, plants were not damage and are growing well :D thanks for a wonderful product.

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Great customer service. Shipped very quickly. Plants were packed very securely. I will be a repeat customer!

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  13. 5 out of 5

    No muss, No Fuss. Got just what I wanted. Good prices. Informative website.

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Excellent service. My #3 Phyllostachys rubromarginata arrived rapidly, and was notably larger than I expected. I would definitely buy from Lewis again, and may just do so once I sort out this year's landscape!

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    Bamboo Plant Sizes

    There are two basic sizes for mail order. The 2 gallon sizes which range from 2'-3' tall and 3 gallon sizes which range from 4' and taller depending on species. The root system is included in the height.


    How Bamboo Grows

    Bamboo grows a little different than most plants. The bamboo that you get initially never grows vertically again. It has babies that are taller, that has babies that are taller. Every generation should be taller that the previous year's shoots. The intriguing aspect is that each year’s growth emerges and grows to it complete height in 60-90 days. They spread as they produce larger growth, filling in and providing a screen.

    This link will help you learn how bamboo grows. It will give you an idea of what kind of growth to expect from your planting. It is a lot of information, but well worth your time. https://lewisbamboo.com/habits.html

    Soil

    Bamboo can tolerate a multitude of soil conditions. Bamboo prefers soil in the 4.5 – 7.0 pH range but can tolerate soils from 3.5 – 8.0 pH. Soil composition and compaction has little effect on plant health but bamboo tends to spread slower in soils with higher compaction and lower permeability. Bamboo cannot survive in habitually wet planting sites, the area needs to be able to drain within a week after heavy rain.

    Sun

    Bamboo is a natural woodland understory plant. It grows well in filtered to direct sunlight conditions. Most bamboos need at least 4+ hours of filter sunlight a day. More active growth typically occurs in higher sunlight conditions.

    Spacing

    One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, I recommend planting bamboo 3 to 5 feet apart. This will hopefully allow you to have a good screen in three years. There are a lot of factors such as water, sunlight, and climate zones that speeds up or slows down the process. Three years is about the average on this spacing, closer planting will allow you to screen or develop your grove faster. You cannot over plant bamboo.

    Planting

    Planting bamboo is also easy. You want to dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball. When you plant the bamboo amend your soil with composted manure and a good top soil. Bamboo can be planted at ground level or slightly deeper. It is not a picky about it conditions but this will help get it off to a good start.

    More details can be seen here: Planting Instruction Page

    Maintenance

    Fertilizer

    Bamboo can benefit from a fertilization program. You can safely fertilize your bamboo once it has been in the ground for one month. A time release fertilizer will work great. Time release fertilizers allow for proper absorption in case your soil is out of PH balance. We offer some fertilizer to help with growth. We fertilize twice a year. Once in the early spring to encourage new growth and then again during the middle of the grow season to replace any nutrients that are being depleted. Click here to see our recommended fertilizer: https://lewisbamboo.com/biocharbamboo.html

    Control

    Over the years a lot of myths have been told about bamboo, while it can spread under good conditions, it is not as invasive as many people would have you believe. In colder climates an aggressive runner here in the south will hardy spread at all in comparison. We have been growing bamboo since 1985 and had experience with it long before that. The bamboo's underground root system (rhizome) will spread beyond the initial planting over the years, so in the next two or three years you will need to decide on some method of containment on the sides you do not want the rhizomes to run over into.

    We have constructed a page discussing multiple methods of controlling bamboo. It goes over root pruning, mowing new shoots, and in ground barriers: Controlling Bamboo

    All this said and it may discourage you, but as with any plant there will be maintenance. Bamboo is very beautiful and is great in a Japanese style garden, but it will need maintenance down the road. At first it may seem to be doing nothing, but after 3 to 5 years you will have a lot of beautiful culms (canes) and love the foliage. All our 150 plus species simply contained by mowing and weed eating the new Spring and Summer shoots. Hopes this helps and don't be afraid of the bamboo.

    Plant Hardiness Zone Map