Fargesia 'Black Cherry' is another beautiful clump forming bamboo closely related to Fargesia 'Red Panda' the difference being that ''Black Cherry' produces some of the darkest purply black canes. A mature specimen is really spectacular with masses of densely growing canes ranging in colour from dark green (how they first emerge) through to varying shades of purple , grey right to the most mature deep glossy black. To offset the canes Fargesia 'Black Cherry' produces masses of dainty deep green leaves creating a beautiful oriental effect.
I would use this bamboo a specimen or focal point in the garden, given that when mature it's not much more than 2.5 metres high it can either be planted or grown in a large container. Of course this bamboo can be planted with no fear of it visiting the neighbours due to it's tightly clump forming nature. Fargesia 'Black Cherry' is best planted in dappled shade in fertile moisture retentive soil, it will tolerate full sun but the leaves will curl during the heat of the day. Very hardy bamboo but looks its best when sheltered from cold drying winds.
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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.
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