Fargesia 'Winter Joy' is one of the fabulous new generation of hybrid bamboos developed by Fargesia expert Hans Verweij by crossing two different species of Fargesia, murielae and nitida which were coincidently flowering at the same time during 2005. The resulting seedling have given birth to 'Winter Joy', 'Viking' and 'Obelisk'.
Fargesia 'Winter Joy' is another of the exciting varieties of fargesia now available, and as the name suggests, 'Winter Joy' has been found to look particularly good in the winter, holding on happily to most of its leaves. The all year dense foliage make this an excellent choice where non invasive screening is required with the mature plant reaching 3-4 metres. Has blue green culms growing upright then gently cascading giving an attractive, fountain shape. Tolerant of full sun and part shade.
- Eventual Size: 3-4m
- Position: Full sun/part shade out of cold, drying winds
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Habit: Upright, fountain, clump forming
- Soil: Most fertile soils, not waterlogged
- Common Names: Winter Joy Bamboo
Other: Fargesia nitida 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:
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Mr Michael Evans on 27 Aug 2017
Just taken delivery of 4 of these bamboo. Stunning plants. Well packaged and delivered to the Isle of Wight in excellent condition. Well pleased. Highly recommend this nursery.
J.Corkery on 17 May 2017
Having bought plenty of plants online over the years I would rate buying from Big Plant Nursery as my best experience so far. Plants arrived quickly and were very well packed and in excellent condition, Ive since planted the bamboo and they are looking great!
Jenni on 18 Apr 2017
Very impressed with the bamboos. Arrived super quickly. Healthy and strong plants. Excellent packaging. Many thanks.