Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Phylostachys edulis 'Moso' goes big for Citrus Heights bamboo afficionado...

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Lisa, a semi-regular bamboo customer from Citrus Heights, who has definitely been bit by the 'Bamboo Bug.'  She purchased a Phylostachys edulis 'Moso' from me during my Bamboo Open House on October 31, 2009.

That day is one I will always remember because it was the day that Debbie Arrington's article on Mad Man Bamboo was published in the Sacramento Bee's Home and Garden Section.  The article was cleverly titled Bam-BOO, since it published on Halloween and was subsequently re-published in news papers across the country.

Moso Bamboo is among the largest bamboo plants in the world - in ideal conditions, it can grow to 75 feet and have 7 inch culms in 10 years.  This bamboo is used to build structures, it's that big.

So, fast forward over a year and a half later.  Lisa's Moso Bamboo was originally planted in a wood barrel, but she later re-planted it in a plastic tub, presumably with drain holes, as it retains moisture better.  Lisa wrote: 'My moso in it's big tub has 7 or 8 foot tall shoots! It is sooooo exciting.'

Lisa has also been feeding the Moso with 'Weed Tea.'  The formula is simple as described by Lisa:

'This spring I have been giving it the weed tea and it is putting on some amazing new growth.  Which I didn't even know about until just recently. You just take your weeds (I added some grass and leaves) and soak them in water for a few days or a couple of weeks and feed your plants. Stinks real bad so I figure it's gotta be good! LOL. The Moso seems to like it.'

Lisa's experiment with 'Weed Tea' seems to be paying off as shown above.


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