Fargesia 'Viking' is one of the fabulous new generation of hybrid bamboos developed by Fargesia expert Hans Verweig by crossing two different species of Fargesia, murielae and nitida which were coincindently flowering at the same time during 2005. The resulting seedling have given birth to 'Viking', 'Winter Joy' and 'Obelisk'.
Fargesia 'Viking' is an outstanding bamboo destined to become very popular due to it's clumping nature, does not require root barrier, is extremely hardy and has really good leaf quality even in the depths of winter.
Growing to between 3-4 metres high Fargesia 'Viking' can be used in a number of ways, it makes a marvelous specimen planted alone, can be grown into a dense hedge or screen and is also a good choice as a container bamboo. If desired because of it's dense leafy nature when grown as a hedge or screen it can be clipped into shape simply by using shears or a hedge cutter. Making 1, 2 or 3 metre high hedges a possibility.
'Viking' produces sturdy canes which when young are a greyish green turning reddish in the sun as they mature. The fresh green leaves are larger than 'Winters Joy' and 'Obelisk'. It is a vigorous clump forming grower with a neat upright habit.
We have been growing 'Viking' in our garden now for a few years in an open sunny position and I can report that It's coped very well with the extremes of our West Sussex garden, cold winters and hot dry summers, looking fresh and deep green throughout and remaining dense and upright.
- Common Names: Viking bamboo
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.
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