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Flowering black bamboo

I have a large black bamboo in my garden about 10ft tall and has flowered,i have read that this is rear,so would be interested to hear some views or info(phyllostachys nigra)

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  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Don't know the answer to this but am putting our question to the top of the list. 

    I thought that when bamboos flowered the next thing that they did was die - hence all the panic a few years ago when they thought that all the Chinese pandas were going to starve to death.

    Hope it's not true in your caseimage

  • Rodgy-dodgeRodgy-dodge Posts: 115

    Hi Paul smith4, A few years ago this happened to mine and I'm afraid it died afterwards.

    I was told by an expert that when they flower it's very likely they die. I ended up digging it up. image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,450

    So is the answer to stop them flowering if a spike appears or does that not work? How sad to lose it if it's mature. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Don't know, but can you find bits with no flower spikes and dig them up and start again? Worth trying?

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    It will die image Mine did. You get about 7 years from it then its all over. A few survive but are severely weakened and will take years to recover.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Blimey! I hope you got your seven years out of it and didn't buy it last year.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    That's not good news.

    I've had mine 5yrs and as soon as it stops raining I'm off out to inspect it.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    LOL kef its not gonna suddenly go.

    Waterbutts I think they sell at 3 yrs so you get the full seven. Someone said its all to do with the mother plant they are propagated from. All go at the same time. 

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Like lemmings then?

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