Rare Tropical Timor Black Bamboo Tree seeds B10

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Seeds of the rare and exotic Black Bamboo to Plant and Grow
Visually interesting, canes turn green to black during the growing season. The hardiest of all black bamboo species. Slower to expand with minimal control efforts needed.

Count: ~10 Scientific Name: Phyllostachys Nigra 'Black' Plant Name: Bambusa Lako Cold Hardy To 30 F Common Name: Timor Black Bamboo Plant Height: 60 Feet Plant Spread: 6 Feet Soil Moisture: Constantly moist Sunlight: hot overhead sun to dappled light Design: Suits contemporary, oriental & tropical designs Garden Type: clumping bamboo Plant Seasonality: Evergreen

Phyllostachys nigra, commonly known as black bamboo, is a species of bamboo, native to Hunan Province of China, and is widely cultivated elsewhere. Growing up to 25 m tall by 30 cm broad, it forms clumps of slender arching canes which turn black after two or three seasons

Black bamboo is a striking and exotic choice for your garden or landscaping project. Known as the diet of choice for panda bears, bamboo is part of the Poaceae family—making it a grass, despite its height and tree-like stability.

Phyllostachys nigra, commonly referred to as black bamboo, is famous for its ebony-colored stalks, or culms. It is a running bamboo, which means it spreads and grows rapidly through underground rhizomes. This can cause black bamboo to be very invasive if not controlled.

FAST GROWING: The fastest-growing Bamboo, get privacy or windbreak fast! GROW TIPS: Run your sink hot water and get it as warm as possible. Fill a cup halfway up. Place the seeds in the hot water and then let them soak for 24 hours.

Planting Instructions:

Boil a cup of water and then let it cool to room temperature. Take a Ziploc bag and fold a paper towel to fit in the bottom. Take your water and add it to your ziploc bag on the paper towel. Just enough water to get the paper towel good and wet. Put 10-15 seeds in there and blow up the bag and seal it

Just leave them in there until they sprout. You can just set the bag on top the refrigerator. After they sprout, once a week blow fresh air into the bag and reseal it. When they are about 2-3 inches tall their roots will be growing into the paper towel.

Don't pull the plant and roots out of the paper towel; you will want to cut the paper towel so the roots stay in the paper towel. Transplant into vermiculite and peat moss mix with the roots still in the paper towel.

How to Care for Black Bamboo Plants

Running bamboo types, such as black bamboo plants, are ideal for creating a dense hedge or privacy screen. Your plants should be placed 3 to 5 feet (1-1.5 m.) apart for this purpose. However, you will probably only want to consider growing black bamboo if you have a very sizable area for it spread out. There are many strategies you could employ to contain the size of a bamboo grove, such as root pruning or even a root barrier. If you’re opting for a root barrier, install the barrier at least 36 inches (91 cm.) deep between the bamboo grove and the rest of your property using materials in the trench that are impenetrable, such as rolls of fiberglass or 60 mil polypropylene. The barrier itself should protrude 2 inches (5 cm.) above the ground to discourage any wayward rhizomes. If all of this seems too daunting or if you have minimal garden space, then remember this black bamboo information: black bamboo, like other types, can also be enjoyed as a container plant.

Like anything that stands out with beauty and uniqueness, this bamboo does not come without a few "torns". Black bamboo can be a tad more on the needy side when it comes to location and attention needed; it requires at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, is not an option for indoor planting, it does not tolerate wind well, and the foliage has been damaged at temperatures below 10° Fahrenheit. If a dry wind is present, plant in a protected area. Foliage loss occurs at 0° to -5° with a complete top kill of canes at around -10° to -15°. Due to this, we recommend this species for USDA Climate Zones 7 and 8. It is being grown in climate zone 6 with moderate top damage during the harsh winter months. The culms are not as erect in shaded sides as some other species and tend to weep or arch over; Pruning can correct this behavior.

Those who grow ‘Black Bamboo’ in western gardens love its graceful habits. The sharp contrast of color provided by the dark culms and green foliage is very desirable. New canes emerge green and turn ebony black within two years with sunlight exposure. This is reported to be the only species the culm turns true ebony in color. The culm sheath has wavy blades with prominent oral setae, auricles, and ligules.

The wood is of high quality and used by many craftsmen.

This bamboo species is a gregarious flowering bamboo, which means that every black bamboo plant around the world will bloom around the same time. This only happens every 40 to 60 years, and that generation of bamboo dies shortly after. The seeds can be collected and planted to start a new stand of bamboo growth.

Fertilizer To promote healthy growth, you might choose to fertilize black bamboo for a boost of additional nutrients. Choose a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen for the best results; this type of fertilizer is typically best for grasses. Apply fertilizer in the late spring and again in the middle of the growing season.

Harvesting Bamboo shoots make an interesting and fun addition to vegetable stir-fries and are often used in Asian cuisine. To harvest the young sprouts, wait until they are a few inches tall. Try to harvest while they are 6 inches or less for the best flavor.

Using a sharp knife, cut the shoot at ground level. Be sure to harvest plants sustainably and responsibly, making sure not to strip the plant of all of its new growth. When you are ready to prepare your harvest, cut the shoots in half length-wise and remove the hard outer sheath. Then, cut them to the desired thickness and boil or fry them.

Pruning Bamboo is known to be a fast-growing plant, which adds to its appeal as a natural privacy barrier. However, to keep the height of your bamboo in check, you should plan to occasionally prune the plant to your desired height.

Pruning bamboo to control growth should be done in the spring. The nodes of the plant provide an easy visual cue on where to cut back the height of each stalk. Cut each stalk just above a node.

In addition, curb unwanted growth of in-ground black bamboo plants by cutting new shoots that sprout from the rhizomes to ground level. Keep in mind that this will check the growth of this plant, but it is a prolific spreader once planted directly in the ground and you may not be able to control its growth simply by cutting back new growth.

Propagating Black Bamboo Propagating bamboo is simple and best done by division. It is ideal to divide bamboo plants in the late winter or early spring.

Water the bamboo well the day before you plan to divide it. Before dividing, cut off the top 2/3 of the culm. Using a sharp spade, dig up the section you would like to divide. You may need a saw to cut through the thick roots. From here, you can keep the clump large or divide it into smaller sections of 3 or 4 culms each. Plant each section in a hole twice as wide as the root ball. Mix in compost or other fertilizer and fill in the area. Water thoroughly. Potting and Repotting Black Bamboo Black bamboo can easily be grown in containers, which is a perfect choice for those with smaller yards or who want to keep it inside. When choosing a container, try to find one that is short, wide, and bottom-heavy. Adding rocks to the bottom of the container can help with this. Because bamboo grows to be so tall, a lighter, taller pot can easily get blown over.

Since black bamboo is a running bamboo and a rapid grower, it may outgrow its pot quicker than other species. You will need to repot once your bamboo is root-bound. Potted bamboo will need more water than plants in the ground, so be sure to keep tabs on your soil moisture. Place your pot in a sunny, wind-sheltered area and enjoy it's striking looks and green foliage.

WARNING Black bamboo uses runners to propagate, rather than forming clumps like many other grass varieties. As a result, its growth is considered fast and aggressive. The underground rhizomes easily lead to this plant popping up in unexpected places around your garden and yard. Eradicating it requires removing every piece of rhizome, which can prove to be a real challenge if left unchecked.

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