Fargesia nitida Gansu ‘Shadow Light’ is yet another beautiful clumping bamboo selected from seedlings produced by the last flowering of Fargesia nitida. Like Fargesia nitida Gansu has delicate narrow deep green leaves but differs from the species by being bushier and having canes that consistently mature to a deep puple grey colour. We have not been growing this bamboo long enough to be authoritative about Gansu’s ultimate height but estimate from experience that it will reach between 3 and 4 metres high, less if you grow it in a container. What we do like is this Fargesia’s tightly clump forming nature, it’s high quality lush foliage and of course the beautiful canes supported the said leaves.
All Fargesia nitida varieties are happy in shade to sunny positions as long as they are not exposed to windy locations and have adequate moisture to the roots particularly in the heat of summer. As with all bamboo once you have chosen a suitable location I recommend good soil preparation, bamboo are shallow rooted and will really enjoy the addition of well rotted farmyard manure mixed with your soil when planting. Water the bamboo thoroughly before and after planting and make sure it doesn’t dry out until established. By that I mean keep it moist but not flooded, bamboo don’t like to be drowned either.
Once established it shouldn’t need additional watering but will benefit from an annual mulch with a good organic compost (I use composted horse manure) and the occasional feed (I use pelleted poultry manure, a generous handful) in spring and summer.
- Position:Shade to sun out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds.
- Soil:All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering.
- Eventual Size:Up to 2m - 4m, but can be pruned.
- Habit:Upright growth.