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My name is Phil Comer, and I created the Bamboo Bits and Pieces blog to share information about growing bamboo, and the people that grow it.   I have been growing and landscaping with bamboo in western Washington since 1997, so I have learned a lot about using bamboo as an ornamental landscape plant.  In my Bamboo for Beginners page, you can find answers to some of the  most frequently asked questions by folks new to growing bamboo, and tips and advise that will help you make your bamboo experience a success.  Growing bamboo in the temperate climate of western Washington is what I know most, but who knows what other bits and pieces of information might turn up here?  Leave comments and suggestions, and I will do my best to provide you with the information you need.  To contact me, please email stikinmud@comcast.net

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marilou angeles September 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

pls help me how to survive my golden bamboo. i bought it from calgary last sept 04, 2010 and now i found out that my bamboo leaves are withering turning brown it looks like dying what should i do?

Matt March 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi there. I am looking to find a timber bamboo that will work in fairly shaded conditions. We are looking for a tall screen (approx 15-20′ if possible). It is going down the side of the house and the house that has gone up next to us has taken away a lot of the direct sunlight (there is a little key hole that will get direct southern exposure for a couple of hours tops). We had initially thought of going with a phyllostachys atrovaginata but I am wondering if this is going to work in a shaded situation. Any suggestions/ recommendations would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

philinshelton March 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Wow. It is difficult to know what is wrong with your bamboo without knowing more about the plant and the growing conditions. The most common cause of leaf damage this time of year is caused by severe cold from earlier in the winter. There isn’t much you can do about it now, except wait and see if the leaves green out. Many times, the plant will shed it’s leave as new leaves unfurl. However, if it got too cold, the damage may be so severe, the entire cane dies back to the ground. Even if the canes have all died back to the ground, usually, new growth will emerge by late spring, so don’t give up yet! Good luck!

Joe Gartin June 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I have 10 Acers in the foot hill East of Arlington Washington I want to start a 2 acre bamboo forest on my property a was wandering what the best timber bamboo variety would be

Antonio September 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Dear Phil,
First of all, thank you for all the information you share.
I am writting because I plant to get a fargesia scabrida. Because I plan to have it in full sun and I would like to have you advise to know if it will drive at full sun in seville spain. We have a dry weather (media of 40% humidity in summers), a minimum of -3C (27F) in winter, and very hot summers of 37C (67F), sometimes 43-45C (73-75F).
I would be very grateful for your advise.
Thank tou in advance.
Best regards,
Antonio

philinshelton October 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

I don’t have experience growing Fargesias in hotter climates, but I think it will be too much heat for the plant to grow well, if at all. The plant will require constant moisture to have any chance, and will have a much better chance of thriving if you can grow it in shade. Thanks!

Antonio October 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi Phil,
Thank you very much for you answer, I think I will go for other which adapt better to my zone climate.
Best regards,
Antonio

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