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Pseudosasa japonica

Arrow Bamboo

from £44.50

5 / 5 based on 2 customer reviews
Description Plant Care Q & A Description
Pseudosasa japonica, the Arrow Bamboo is a very rapid grower and is ideal for covering that trouble spot in your garden. Will wander when planted in the ground, so bamboo root barrier would be recommended. Good in a pot and does not mind being in a shady position. Has big leaves and will reach four to five metres in height. RHS Award of Garden Merit.
  • Position: Full sun to full shade fairly tolerant of coastal winds
  • Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
  • Eventual Size: Up to 5 metres, but can be pruned
  • Common Names: Arrow bamboo
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Plant Care

Bamboo Care

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: 

Also see our Bamboo FAQ


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Customer Reviews

on 29 Mar 2019

5 / 5

Just received my bamboo plant today. It is a lovely healthy-looking, bushy and tall specimen which arrived very promptly and was extremely well-packed. Very impressed with the service and quality of the plant and also the delivery charge which at £12.50 for a large plant is extremely reasonable compared with other companies which are charging up to £50 for similar size plants! Would definitely recommend.

on 6 Apr 2017

5 / 5

Arrived as promised and looks great!