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(Pleioblastus gramineus)

Bamboo
Arundinaria graminea. A. hindsii graminea. Bambusa graminea.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pleioblastus gramineus
Gramineae

Canes are thin-walled but strong and can be used as plant supports[25, 195].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots – cooked[105, 177].

  • 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 should be 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 or cold frame until they are large enough to plant out, which could be a number of years. The plants only flower at intervals of several years and so seed is rarely available. Division as the plant comes into growth in spring. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant 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].
Succeeds in most soils but prefers a good loamy soil[1] in a sheltered position in semi-shade[25]. Dislikes drought[1]. Requires shelter from N. and N.E. winds[11]. Closely related to P. hindsii[1]. The rootstock is running and invasive[25]. New shoots are produced from late May[25]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Plants only flower at intervals of several years, they often produce fertile seed[122]. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They occasionally die after flowering, but if left alone they will normally 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].
E. Asia – E. China, Japan.

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