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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sasa kurilensis, Favorite Plant Pick of the Week, February 7, 2014

My favorite plant pick this week is another bamboo, a dainty slow grower that doesn't make an inpenetrable jungle like my last pick Phyllostachys nuda.   Sasa kurilensis shimofuri variegata is known as the most northern-growing bamboo and comes from the Kurile Islands of Japan and the Sakhalin Island of Russia.   It has large leaves with fine white lines, lengthwise.   It likes shade to keep the leaves from burning.

I have dug some of the outlying canes and transplanted them elsewhere, I hope they will start to do well but get more sun and probably were not watered enough last year when trying to establish.

Here it is in the current snow storm-

Hopefully it will spring back up.  You can see the canes are not very thick, so not a bamboo you would grow for stakes.

To see other people's favorite plant picks, visit hostess Loree's Danger Garden blog, and see the comments section for links.

Think snow (melting)!   -Hannah

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I hope the snow doesn't hurt it and that it springs back up. I'm sending warm thoughts your way. We seem to be in a pattern right now where we get a dusting every night.

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  2. Thanks, Alison. It should pop back up. The weather is supposed to warm up soon and turn to rain.

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  3. Didn't think I would ever be wishing for rain in February. Nice bamboo.

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  4. Thanks, Ricki, I enjoy it. I am desperate for rain, I'm finally ordering phones and my service period ends Monday but the snow is preventing the last delivery plus the sim cards. The power went out tonight but not for very long, thankfully.

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  5. Bamboo is very dramatic in the snow isn't it? Mine is all encased in ice right now and laying on the ground. Warm weather can't come soon enough for me or my plants!

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    1. The big clump was not weighted down too much this time, I guess it was lighter dryer snow, but some canes are on the ground. I had to cut out a lot of leaning canes last year. I can't wait for warmer weather either!

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  6. I've always thought of bamboo as being semi-tropical, but now I see it is more hardy than I thought. We have winter storm in forecast for Monday and Tuesday - rain turning to sleet, then snow. But Spring is coming!
    Have a great week!
    Lea

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    1. Sasa kurilensis is hardy to 0ºF, my large clump of bamboo, Phyllostachys nuda, a running bamboo too, is hardy to -20ºF. My experience with hardiness, as in a large Eucalyptus supposedly hardy to 0ºF, is that if there are no frosts for a long period to harden off the plant, then a severe frost to 6ºF, it will kill the tree.

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  7. I bet it will spring back...the bamboo in Asia does get snowed on too.

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    1. It's not its first snowfall so I Imagine it will do fine.

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