- Erect culms and branches make the species a good option for a privacy hedge
- Excellent for crafts
- Edible shoots
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Characteristics of Bambusa textilis 'gracilis'
Introducing the elegant Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis' bamboo, a medium-height tropical variety that brings a touch of sophistication and practicality to your outdoor space. With its tight clumps and thin-walled canes, the Gracilis bamboo is not only a stunning visual addition but also highly sought after for weaving crafts.
The Gracilis bamboo can reach up to 30 feet in height, making it an ideal choice for creating natural privacy screens. Its unique growth pattern, characterized by a very erect and column-like structure, sets it apart from other clumping bamboos that tend to sprawl and consume larger areas. This space-saving attribute makes it a perfect choice for planting in smaller areas, such as next to driveways or near walkways.
As a tropical bamboo, the Bambusa textilis 'Gracilis' thrives in climate zone 8 and above, ensuring that it will flourish in the right conditions. While it may be slower to form a privacy screen compared to other varieties, the Gracilis bamboo generally does not require a control barrier, making it an easy-to-manage addition to your garden.
Invest in the graceful and versatile Gracilis bamboo and watch as it transforms your landscape with its enchanting presence and practical applications. Experience the charm of this unique bamboo variety and enjoy the added privacy and beauty it brings to your outdoor haven.
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. How Bamboo Grows
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 found on our Planting Instruction Page
Spacing between plants
One division of bamboo will start a grove or screen over time. However, if you want a privacy screen fast, we 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.
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: Our Fertilizers
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.