Solid Stem

5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews )

$64.00

Phyllostachys Purpurata 'Solid Stem' is a super cold hardy bamboo that is some times called the water bamboo because it will grow where water does not drain well. It is excellent for a screening effect because of it's vigorous growth.

Scientific Name

Phyllostachys heteroclada 'Purpurata'

Light Conditions

Sun to Shade

Maximum Height

18 feet

Maximum Diameter

.8 inch

Minimum Temperature

−5 °F

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Description

Phyllostachys Purpurata ‘Solid Stem’ is a super cold hardy bamboo that is one of the rare species that can handle areas where the water does not drain well. The lower portion of the canes are solid. This bamboo also tolerates wet conditions. The rhizomes have special air channels to let them survive in wet conditions which might not be tolerated by many other species. ‘Solid Stem’ is a vigorous grower which makes it suitable for a screen or as a specimen plant in the landscape.

This bamboo is growing in the cold climate zones 5 where winter temps can go to -5 degrees F.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    my purchaseI received my Bamboo plant in a very well wrapped container. It is in the ground and still looks great. I can't wait for it to take hold and produce new shoots.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel. Thanks so much for correcting the problem. The solid stem you
    sent me? ZOWIE WOWIE!!!!!! I can't wait to get a big tub and plant it outside.
    My mission this spring and summer is to get South Philly hooked on Lewis bamboo.
    So, soon it will be cheese steaks, throwing snow balls at Santa Clause and bamboo.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Received my four plants today. They are in the ground already with dreams of them running and
    covering a multitude of sins. Appreciate your timely professional response. Thank You Very much
    again. I would highly recommend your company service and knowledgeable web site.
    Regards~ Bamboo dream team.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Great service and product

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  5. 5 out of 5

    I'd like to thank you for the wonderfully wrapped and beautifully packaged bamboo! There were no yellowed leaves and the root ball was nicely moistened. It arrived on the date you said and I will be planting it tomorrow. It's been very hot here and I decided to let it rest and adjust in a shady spot before its permanent planting in the sun. I have yet to receive plants which have been cared for so well.
    Again, thank you,

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Beautiful plants, and a very quick reply when I had a question.

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    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.

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    Planting


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    Fertilizer

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    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.