Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alphonse Karr exceeds expectations for Sacramento homeowners...

John and Fred, owners of a home in the Foothill Farms area of Sacramento purchased some Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' bamboo plants from us last fall. 'Alphonse Karr' is a clumping bamboo that grows 15 to 20 feet, can take full sun and is a great choice to create a natural privacy screen.  They planted them on October 17, 2010 (pictured below).  The objective was to screen a neighbor's house where there living room was on the second floor.

BEFORE - October 17, 2010

AFTER - May 26, 2011

AFTER - June 28, 2011

John and Fred cited some pretty dramatic growth in a 12 day period, from June 16, 2011 to June 28, 2011 as temperatures hovered around the 80 - 90 degree range.  During that time, nine new culms emerged at about 3/8 inch in diameter.  Besides the sunny warm temperatures, they worked in one large bag of good potting soil in with one small bag of steer manure last year into the soil which is now really paying dividends by a proliferation of new culms.

'Alphonse Karr' is a great bamboo choice because it is clumping, serves well as a privacy hedge and has some ornamental beauty that makes it a distinctive feature in any garden.  Congratulations to John and Fred for the plants they call 'Happy Bamboo.'  It looks these bamboo are grinning ear-to-ear!

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DD said...

Very nice growth!

And nice arrangement, too. Do you know what they used as a ground cover?

Mad Man Bamboo Nursery said...

That is a mix of Irish moss and Scotch moss. You can find it in flats at most nurseries. Its a really nice complement to the bamboo for sure. Sean