Miyako-Zasa (Sasa nipponica)

Bamboo
Bambusa nipponica.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Miyako-Zasa
Sasa nipponica
Gramineae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots – cooked. They are so popular in Japan that a license is required in order to collect them.

    Seed – used as a cereal[177]. The seed is only produced at intervals of many years.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – if possible, surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20¡c. Stored seed is best sown as soon as it is received. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 – 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out, which could be a few years. Plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available. Division in late spring as new growth commences. Take large divisions, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main clump as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more[200]. Divisions of less than 5 – 6 culms rarely succeed[200].
Prefers a damp humus rich soil in partial shade[200]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[122]. The rootstock can be rampant and invasive[200]. Plants are sometimes confused with Sasaella ramosa[200].
E. Asia – Japan.

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