Fargesia Jiuzhaigou 'Genf' is another spectacular bamboo collected as a seedling from the Jiuzhaigou Park in Sichuan Province, Northern China. Known as Jiuzhaigou 12 by collectors and rather unimaginately named 'Genf' this remarkable bamboo is just like Fargesia 'Red Panda' only more so ! It is larger, up to 4 metres tall and generally faster to establish whilst remaing tightly clump forming. The canes are also slightly thicker than 'Red Panda' sharing the same red, orange and varying green shades in colour.
On balance I'd say this bamboo makes a great specimen or even greater hedge but is less suitable for raised beds or containers where Fargesia Jiuzhaigou 'Red Panda' would be more suitable in a dappled sun to shady garden.
As I've said before these Fargesia are very hardy but look their best when planted away from cold drying winds which can make the leaves look scruffy.
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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:
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Martyn on 18 Apr 2017
Great plant and great service from Big Plant Nursery Ill be returning for more as these, my garden now has the jungle feel I was after. Excellent company.
Mark Lester on 14 Apr 2017
Your recommendations were greatly appreciated. my genf bamboo is now behaving as you described with the new shoots popping up. Many thanks, Mark