Saturday, April 24, 2010

My visit to San Francisco's Market Street, Golden Gate Park and Japantown

All in pictures (taken this weekend, top to bottom): Japantown in San Francsico, CA; Bambusa textilis 'Weaver's Bamboo' at Golden Gate Park (near the Ag Building); and an unidentified bamboo hedge next to Saint Patrick's Cathedral near Market Street.


Mad Man Bamboo Nursery
(916) 300-6335

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bamboo clearance sale on Saturday, May 8

Help us make room and get a great deal on bamboo plants - one day only.

We are holding a bamboo clearance sale on Saturday, May 8, 9 am to 3 pm. Were are offering a discount on all the bamboo plants in stock. 5 gallon bamboo that is normally $39 is $36. 1 gallon bamboo normally $8 is $6. Here is a list of the bamboo that is available:

Bambusa multiplex 'Hedge Bamboo'
Bambusa ventricosa 'Buddha kimmei'
Bambusa multiplex rivireoreum 'Chinese Goddess'
Otatea aztecorum 'Mexican Weeping Bamboo'
Borinda boliana
Borinda fungosa
Bornisa macclureana
Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Teague's Bamboo'
Fargesia murileae 'Umbrella Bamboo'
Fagesia nitida
Thamnocalamus crassinodus 'Merlyn' (15 gallon)

Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima'
Phylostachys bambusoides 'Japanese Giant Timber Bamboo'
Phylostachys nigra 'Black Bamboo'
Phylostachys nigra punctata 'Giant Black'
Phylostacys vivax
Phylostachys viridis 'Robert Young'
Semiarundaria yashadake kimmei
Phylostachys glauca
Semiarandaria fastuosa 'Temple Bamboo'
Phylostachys edulis 'Moso'
Plieoblastus simonii
Phylostachys heteroclada 'Water Bamboo'
Phulostachys nidularia 'Big Node Bamboo'
Phylostachys aureosulcata 'Yellow Groove Bamboo' (15 gallon)
Pseudosasa japonica 'Arrow Bamboo'
Pseudosasa japonica tsutsusiama 'Green Onion Bamboo'

Probably a few others. I will also have some 'odds and ends' that will be for sale at deep discounts. The 'odds and ends' are sold 'as-is'.

Sorry, no Bambusa Oldhamii 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo' or Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' at this clearance sale. More will be in around late May. Special ordering is highly recommended for these varieties due to high demand and limited stock.

When: Saturday, May 8, 9 am to 3 pm (clearance prices only good for one day)

Where: Mad Man Bamboo Nursery, 5719 Jersey Dr. in Rocklin.

What: Lots of bamboo, limited to stock on hand, clearance prices do not apply to special orders.

Love Japanese Maples? Your in luck.

Also at our May 8 clearance sale, a family friend will be selling his homegrown Japanese Maples and other trees. Great for bonsai or a beautiful patio tree. Sorry, no discounts, but these are really nice Japanese Maples and other trees at great prices. Don't miss out!

Can't make the clearance sale? Make an appointment!

Call (916) 300-6335 or e-mail at to set up a time to come by and see our bamboo garden, ask questions or seek advice. If you want to see what clumping bamboo will look like in the ground after several years, you are welcome to set up a time and see for yourself. We also have several types of running bamboo growing in containers as well. Sorry clearance prices don't apply beyond May 8, but our prices are still the best around.

Were on Facebook!

Check out our Facebook page, we constantly update it with interesting facts on bamboo, share photos and have contest where you can win goodies. We just finished up a contest where Jeannie Hanson won her choice of a 5 gallon bamboo plant, a $39 value. We have a new contest in the works so be sure to become a fan of our Facebook page soon to get in on the action.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Notes from a bamboo customer from Ohio...

Jason, a customer who lives near Cincinati, Ohio, recently purchased a five gallon Chusquea gigantea, a clumper and a five gallon Semiarundaria fastuosa, a runner. Additionally he bought two small Indocalamus tesselatus, small runners with long wide leaves. The plants were mailed parcel post to Ohio and fared well, still shooting in a dark box over the 7 day trip from California to Ohio. Jason shares the following notes on the new bamboo that travelled from California to Ohio:

I’m in zone 6a (Greater Cincinnati area). I’m new to growing bamboo, only started about 1 1/2 years ago. My soil is a fairly rich clay loam, with a dense clay subsoil; fairly saturated in most parts of the yard in late winter/early spring, and often baked hard on the top 6 inches by Sept. The clay below holds moisture well though which helps in drought times. I mixed in bagged topsoil and slow release lawn fertilizer along with the native soil, watered well. Most of what I’ve put in is without a rhizome barrier. The clumpers won’t be a problem. Others will be mowed and/or root pruned as needed. One species was planted in an old galvanized 8’ diameter, sunken cattle watering tank. And one planting has a partial barrier of corrugated steel section driven into the ground (when good and wet) to about 18” deep. I’m fortunate to be out in the country with a big yard, so bothering neighbors will be less of a problem as long as I keep it maintained in the coming years.

Thanks Jason for sharing the photos and your story, looking forward to seeing the plants in a few years...

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