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Bambusa Fargesia “Rufa”

jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
Is this supposed to grow upright?  

Mine looks nice but seems to have developed a “weeping“ habit :-)


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,484
    Sometimes called ‘fountain bamboo’ it is described as having an ‘arching habit’ ... yours looks right to me

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  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,398
    ..that isn't the Fargesia rufa that I know, but if we assume it's correct, then you could remove some of those weeping canes leaving the more upright ones.. I prefer to see the exposed canes personally..
    ..there are a number of forms of Fargesia,.. I do wonder if some are confused in commerce and what we see in photos is not always the correct plant... e.g. 'Jumbo' looks much like that …

    Here's F Rufa in my garden.. although I no longer have it, but this shows its upright form..

    ...and in a pot on the right...

    ...they also grow it as a tall hedge at Alnwick garden in Northumberland... with the canes exposed so there is no weeping habit... very upright... I think mine grew naturally that way, but I might have removed a few lower weeping culms ….
  • jamesharcourtjamesharcourt West SussexPosts: 465
    It looks nice weeping but is covering some other things up in doing so and is also not hiding the fence as I wanted it to.

    Might just leave it as it seems to be growing happily.
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