Friday, December 11, 2009

Hard freeze, what hard freeze?

Finally had a chance today to go outside while it was still light out. Lifted the frost blanket I had on the Mexican Weeping Bamboo and the Bambusa Oldhamii "Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo," and no damage, woo hooo! All my other bamboo in the ground looks unfazed by the weather. Hard freeze, what hard freeze? Did pretty good. I'm a happy man!

Cheers!

Sean

4 comments:

Alan said...

Ok, You say hard freeze, I say "show me the numbers!" We are installing a pond, a waterfall, a hill, and, hopefully, a bamboo forest in the spring. It is not yet mid Dec, and in East Central Ohio it has been bellow 15 deg F several nights here. Is there a timber variety that would survive (and hopefully thrive) here on the edge of zone 5?

Mad Man Bamboo said...

Hi Alan,

Compared to Ohio, yes, not likely a hard freeze, but for us Californians it was. The timber bamboo that you would have to stick with are runners like Phylostachys vivax, Phylostachys edulis 'Moso' or Phylostachys bambusoides 'Japanese Giant Timber Bamboo.' All runners. Clumping timber bamboos would not do well in sustained temperatures under 20 degrees. Hope that helps.

Sean

Alan said...

Thanks Sean,

Do you ship to Ohio? Not that I am planting anything for the next few months, but... it is planning time.

Mad Man Bamboo said...

Hi Alan,

Yes, I can ship to Ohio. Let me know what your interested in and I can get you pricing. Thanks.

Sean