Phyllostachys nigra or the Black Bamboo has to be the most popular and best known of all bamboos. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo...
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Phyllostachys nigra or the Black Bamboo has to be the most popular and best known of all bamboos. The jet black canes reach around 4 or 5 metres in height and are covered in masses of lush green dainty leaves. The best situation for the black bamboo is in a good, rich soil that does not dry out too readily but also does not have a tendency to waterlog over the winter months.
The Black Bamboo plant grows well in a container and must be kept well watered at all times to ensure good, strong growth. Feed with a general purpose feed between the months of May and September to keep the plant looking lush and healthy. You should expect the black bamboo to add about a third to its height and spread each year and if it is really happy, maybe more! To achieve the blackest canes possible, plant in full sun and enjoy the wait as the canes turn from a lush green to an ebony black.
We recommend using: Bamboo Root Barrier for this bamboo.
- Eventual Size: Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned
- Position: Sun to part shade; out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Habit: Arching/Upright/Spreading
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas; very dry soils will need extra watering
- Cane/Culm Colour: Green turning to jet black when mature
- Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
- Uses: Screening Bamboo, Container Bamboo
- Other common names: Black Bamboo, kuro-chiku, whangee cane
- RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Other Screening 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.
For more information see our Bamboo Care Guide for these types of Bamboo:
QUESTION & ANSWER
Is all Bamboo invasive?
Most definitely No! Many Bamboo are tightly clump forming, staying put and remaining perfectly 'clumped' throughout their life.
Bamboos have two distinct root (or Rhizome) habits, loosely classified as 'clump-forming' and 'running'. Running bamboo can be very invasive often spreading several feet per year whereas clump-forming bamboo spread slowly from the base.