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Cold Hardy Bamboo Plants

Zone 6 Hardy Bamboo Plants

Zone 6 hardy bamboo plants are the bamboo plants that can handle temps down to -5 or-10 degrees f. There are many and I will only speak on zone 6 hardy bamboo plants that I grow with success. There are some that just don’t do well for me like Moso it is supposed to be hardy enough for this zone but, I don’t seem to have much luck with it. With that being said I also grow some others that are struggling to stay alive too. Without having too much luck I am growing a few that will probably not make it unless I move them into the greenhouse. Oh well you win some you lose some when you push your luck. Most of them were doing well until last year when we got hit with extreme temps. Now they are not doing well. Anyway the list of bamboo that do well is long. I will go from most hardy to least hardy.

Zone 6 Hardy Bamboo Plants Native Bamboo

1. Arundinaria Gigantea although this grove was crushed by a falling tree it will slowly start to recover this year. It is a slow spreader and does well in wetter areas. Hardy to -20 degrees f. Arundinaria Gigantea is actually native to this area. And mine came from a grove several decades old. In fact Arundinaria Gigantea is the only bamboo that grows wild in the United

Other Zone 6 Hardy Bamboo Plants That Will Do Well Here

2. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Or Yellow Groove is hardy to -15 degrees f. And this one is the old faithful of all my bamboo. I have seen this bamboo lose its leaves and they came back. I have seen them frozen to the ground several time and they popped right back up. All in all the best most reliable bamboo I grow.

3. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis is reported to be hardy to -15 degrees f. But I feel that it is not that hardy because it loses its leaves way before yellow groove will. Maybe its just because mine is still fairly young.

4. Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Aureocaulis is hardy to -15 degrees f. All yellow cane or culms with an faint green stripe on few of the culms. Fairly wind tolerant after it gets well established. But it needs the other canes around it to protect it from cold winter winds.

5. Phyllostachys Bissettii hardy to -15 degrees f. it is one of the hardiest in my opinion. Because it suffer much less  leaf damage than all the other bamboo hardy to -15 degrees f. Beautiful dark green leaves with powdery white culms. Heavy shoot production. Will form a privacy screen fast.

6. Phyllostachys Atrovaginata hardy to -15 degrees f. It does well in cold winter winds but it can only take so much. So it does lose its leaves sometimes. But is very hardy for this area.

7. Phyllostachys Rubromarginata is only hardy to -5 degrees f. and will have some leaf damage when extreme temps are here. But for the most part Rubro is fairly wind tolerant. Very smooth culms(canes) this bamboo is great for product building materials.

8. Phyllostachys Vivax Aureocaulis hardy to -5 degrees f. This bamboo usually suffers damage from ice and snow because the culms are thin walled and can’t take much weight on them before they break. But it certainly is a beautiful bamboo once established. Sizes up fairly well with mild winters.

9. Phyllostachys Nigra or Black bamboo is hardy to 0 degrees f. Which is not very good for my zone 6 but with protection it will do fine. Until it gets established it is pretty tender. It takes a few years of mild temps to really get this bamboo going.

10. Pseudosasa Japonica is hardy to 0 degrees f. and most years loses its leaves in the winter. Only to come back strong and look great once again.

I have many more and will be updating this list from time to time so come back and see my updates.

Posted by admin - February 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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Bamboo Winter Protection For Less Hardy Bamboo

Protecting Your Less Hardy Bamboo

Bamboo winter protection means protecting our less hardy bamboo plants. There are a few ways you can do this. Some hardy bamboo will struggle to survive our coldest winters. But with a little help they won’t lose their strength from being top-killed or straight up killed to the ground. Every bamboo collector has certain bamboo plants that are pushing their limits on whether or not they will survive a zone 6 winter. Like me I am struggling to get my Moso to do little more than just survive, while others near me can grow it to several feet high. But with protection I feel it just may be able to make a great comeback and amaze me at some point. But sometimes that is just not the case. With winter coming on fast. I have little time left to get out there and protect what I need to protect. I think I will spend the next few days doing just that. I am just afraid we will get another 80 degree day and I won’t be here to take the cover off which is worse than no protection in the winter.

Methods I Use With Great Success

When I am sure there will be no more hot days and only then. I will take a tarp or plastic sheet and pin the less hardy bamboo to the ground and cover with some leaves around the edges. This will hold in the heat from the ground and give your bamboo a nice warm blanket to settle down for the winter. Another method I use is area protection. In other words I put the less hardy bamboo in an area where it will be protected from the winter winds that dry out the leaves. Creating a micro-climate because, freeze drying leaves will ultimately lead to their demise. But many bamboo will re-leaf with no problem, the only downfall is that it takes a while for the bamboo to do this. So my method is to either put them close to the house or plant bamboo around them that is hardier than the bamboo in question. Another way is to just pin the bamboo to the ground and bury it in leaves. This has worked for me also. Growing less hardy bamboo is tough sometimes. You must have patience and I had none when I started growing bamboo. So it is a growing experience for me and the bamboo. I also learn what I can get away with and what not to do.

Protecting Bamboo in Pots

Ok! Here’s the deal with bamboo in pots. They must be kept from freezing solid in the winter. Plain and simple just like that. Here is how I do it. A bamboo in a pot can be moved although sometimes this is not so easy to do. So if you can’t move it you must protect it where it is. Bubble wrap the pot wrap it as many times as you can. Put a bag or two of mulch on top pack it in the pot tight but it still needs to drain properly. Water it well the first time. After that make sure the soil and mulch stay moist. If you can move the pot put it up against the house in a well protected area. Put some mulch or something around it to keep it from freezing. Mulch heavy on top and keep moist. If you have a greenhouse drag the pots in the greenhouse and keep them moist all winter. Nice and easy when you have a greenhouse. I do and it makes my job a lot easier. Thank you for reading I hope this helps. If you need more information call (859)242-1602 or visit

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By Jeff Gabelman

Posted by admin - October 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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Bamboo Screening Living Privacy

Bamboo screening is a living fence for privacy. And a living privacy screen has no height limitations. There are many different bamboo species. So do some research before buying bamboo for screening. If you need help you can contact me at (859)242-1602 and I will help you decide which is right for your yard, but the choice is still yours to decide. Zones vary and so choose the bamboo that is capable of growing in your zone. Before you buy bamboo make sure the bamboo will grow in your zone. Example: You would want to try to grow a tropical clumping bamboo in say a zone 7 or below. Maybe 9 it might work. But all bamboos are different for what types of growing conditions they can grow in. Like “Moso” you won’t want to try to grow it in zone 5 because it will die in the winter, more than likely. But say you’re in a zone 6 and you’re looking for some privacy for around your deck, pool or hot tub. Then you want to go with a Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Bissettii, or maybe even Nuda. But if you are looking for that tropical look you should try Pseudosasa Japonica. It is a hardy bamboo that is a runner but acts like a clumper.

Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Screening

Environmentally friendly because it produces maximum amounts of oxygen. More than any other plants like trees. And it takes in carbon dioxide more than any other plants. It prevents erosion and provides building materials. Saving our trees for the environment. It needs no painting like a privacy fence would. It grows and looks beautiful. It makes a great landscaping plant. The shoots can be eaten. It provides fodder for livestock. And other animals like panda and red panda bears. It can actually offset  your carbon footprints by producing oxygen at amazing rates. Just growing bamboo will provide you with tomato stakes, curtain rods, trellises, walking sticks, key chains and the list goes on and on. Like flooring to clothing. And computers to toothpicks and kitchen utensils. It  really provides a nice bamboo screening that cannot be penetrated or seen through. If you’re looking for a deal on these plants look no further. Because I have a great starter package right now for $120 you can get 6 Phyllostachys Aureosulcata  Yellow Groove bamboo starts shipped right to your door. See the secure PayPal button below. And get you Bamboo screening growing today! Or check out my new Amazon Store

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by Jeff Gabelman

Posted by admin - June 11, 2014 at 4:22 am

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Winter Hardy Bamboo Plants

Winter hardy bamboo plants are the bamboo which can survive very cold winters. Now that doesn’t mean you won’t get some above ground damage. I have been growing bamboo for close to 17 years now and I have seen 3 really bad winters. 2 of the times the bamboos were defoliated and refoliated. This time we got hit very hard by old man winter. And most of my winter hardy bamboo plants above ground growth was killed to the ground. Only bamboos that have protection survived above ground except the Arundinaria Gigantea. The rest were decimated to the ground. They are still shooting new shoots but the above ground growth was mostly killed to the ground. Even though some bamboo were killed to the ground. They all even the least hardy have new shoots so they are all still alive. Whew! Narrowly escaped that one! That was still a costly winter for me because I lost a lot of good canes. Now they will have to be cut for other uses. Oh well! Stuff happens and you just can’t protect them all. They must stand on their own two feet from now on. I will now grow my new winter hardy bamboo plants in the greenhouse for the first couple of years of their life.

When Buying Winter Hardy Bamboo Plants Choose Wisely

Only winter hardy bamboo plants like Arundinaria Gigantea or River Cane survived literally unscathed. It is hardy to -20 degrees F. And it does look a little ratty every winter, but this year it was the only bamboo to hold its leaves and looks like it does every other winter. Incredible the ugliest of all the bamboo is the only one to look halfway decent. It figures. Some of my less hardy bamboos such as Moso is barely hanging on with only one or two shoots this year. Man that makes me mad cause I’ve been babying this plant for 3 years now and then it gets knocked back by winter. That really stinks but its the chance we take growing out of our zone. You see Moso is like right on the borderline of whether or not you can grow it in zone 6. Most people have no problems growing it but I have a low lying area that is prone to frost. Therefore mine are more than likely to get frost. Frost can kill a Moso because it shoots very early. And if  the shoots get frozen they will die killing off valuable buds that are needed for future production. If you kill all the buds the plant will most likely die. Winter hardy bamboo plants may get top killed but don’t give up on them they will shoot new shoots. Check out my store

by Jeff Gabelman

Posted by admin - May 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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