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Fargesia nitida 'Great Wall'

Blue Fountain Bamboo

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Fargesia nitida 'Great Wall' is a selection of seedlings of Fargesia nitida following its widespread flowering and subsequent demise a few years ago. This new clone is an exciting, erect and robust growing cultivar that is close to the original form. Canes are initially upright, successive years growth make them arch elegantly under the weight of foliage - itself mid-green and generously produced on many side branches. Makes a perfect single lawn specimen or multi-planted as a screen or hedge. Best in shade in moist soil.

  • Eventual Size: Up to 3-4 metres, but can be pruned
  • Position: Shade to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Habit: Dense/Arching/Clump forming/Non-invasive
  • Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering

Other: Fargesia nitida bamboo

  • Common Names: Blue Fountain Bamboo
Eventual Size of Fargesia nitida 'Great Wall' Eventual Size of Fargesia nitida 'Great Wall'
Eventual size after 10 years
Plant Care

Bamboo Care

Before planting it is a good idea to soak the bamboo thoroughly to ensure the rots are well and truly saturated then dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball add compost then place the bamboo so that the finished soil height will be slightly lower than the top of the root ball. Backfill using your soil mixed 50:50 with good compost. Once planted gently firm down the soil around the base add a top dressing of a good fertilizer, we prefer poultry manure, then mulch with a good 8-10 deep layer of compost. Finally water again to help settle the bamboo. In dry periods it may be necessary to repeat watering regularly, if the bamboo looks dry and the leaves are curling this is a sure sign. After the first season we repeat the mulching and feeding each spring. 

Now stand back and enjoy. Don’t expect your bamboo to grow away like a rocket, yes bamboo can grow incredibly fast but most of this happens over a 3 month period which is very generally late May through to early August so if you’ve planted either side of this period I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. 

 Pruning and Grooming 

Bamboo can be very accommodating here. I’ve seen pristine clipped hedges and topiary shaped plantings of both Phllostachys aurea and bissetti showing easy how easy it can be managed. What I like to do though on any large bamboo is to remove all old, thin and spindly canes (or culms as us horticulturists call them) then prune away all the side branches off the remaining culms to a height of between 60cm to 150cm depending on your choice. This in my opinion show bamboos off to there best making them stately specimens. 

For more information see our Bamboo Care Guide for these types of Bamboo: 

Also see our Bamboo FAQ

 

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