Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' is another recently introduced bamboo from China with really attractive grey-blue-black canes. I spotted this bamboo growing in a collectors garden in Holland a few years ago, I was struck by the deep glossy dark relatively thick canes on a young plant only 150cm high. When I asked him what this gorgeous bamboo was he smiled and said "Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' sh.t in winter" O.K not the best way to sell a plant but what he meant was that the leaf quality was poor in a windy dutch winter. Since planting Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' in our West Sussex garden I'm happy to say that it's performed rather well and is fast becoming one of my favourite fargesia.
Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' is actually extremely hardy and will tolerate low temperatures with ease, like some other fargesia that grow in extreme environments naturally they have the ability to shed a portion of the foliage in winter as a means of reducing stress thereby conserving energy. When spring arrives these bamboo are quick to respond rapidly producing masses of lush foliage.
Ghostly grey-bluish to black-purple culms for bamboo lovers and collectors a decorative Fargesia for smaller gardens and plantings or as a solitary/container plant. Similar to Fargesia demissa and Fargesia nitida with its upright growth habit and dark culms.
- Cane colour: Grey-bluish / purple culms
- Thick sturdy culms for its size
- Eventual Height 2m – 3m
- Known as: Fargesia 'Taibashan 2' / 'Taibashan II'
- Other Notes: for bamboo lovers/collectors, solitary/container plant
- Common Names: Taibashan 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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