- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
One of the most elegant bamboos, with polished, damson-black mature canes and dark green leaves. The slender, arching canes, which are dark green for the first two or three years, look perfect in a contemporary, minimalist garden particularly if the low-growing foliage is stripped. Although this is not one of the more vigorous and invasive bamboos, it is advisable to restrict the roots using a rigid, non-perishable barrier to prevent the plant from colonising adjacent plantings.
- Garden care: In smaller gardens surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread. Water regularly until established. Bamboos do not like competition, so are best planted en masse in a designated area of the garden.
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- Moves Beautiful In Wind
- Stays In A Clump
- Hard Work To Devide
- As A Screen
- Pool Area
Comments about Crocus Phyllostachys nigra:
birds love this hiding amongst the canes, before heading for the feeding station.
great round a pond,
good for a wind break,
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Comments about Crocus Phyllostachys nigra:
I have this bamboo on the patio in a large pale blue pot and the combination is stunning. I use it as a screen against the fence and it does the job really well. I feed once a year and water when required. Great plant, highly recommended
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Q:Please can you confirm if it should be possible to grow a series of Phyllostachys nigra in a 45ft long flower bed, that is approximately 50cm wide, in a garden which is in full sun for most of the day but is predominantly made up of clay soil? If these conditions are suitable to grow Phyllostachys nigra, is there any specific advice you have for successfully trying to grow them to in to a 'screen' in front of a 12ft high rear wall, and how many plants would you recommend in order to cover the full length of the flower bed? Finally, if Phyllostachys nigra is not the best choice of plant, is there a different variation of bamboo or a different plant that you would recommend instead?Asked on 9/4/2015 by Anonymous from London
These make excellent screens, but to stop it spreading too far into the garden, you should use some bamboo control system - please click on the following link for more information...
Clay soil wont be a problem, but they will need to be kept really well watered as they are thirsty plants. As for spacing, I would aim to plant them at 45cm intervals.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Can I plant against a north-facing fence or does it need to be south / west facing? Thanks very muchAsked on 24/3/2015 by Kcos from Milton Keynes
No, these plants really need a south or west facing sheltered aspect, in full sun.
Hope this helps.Answered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:what is the best way to split a black bamboo ?Asked on 8/7/2014 by Thephews from Lancashire
Ideally this should be done on a cool day as bamboos are very sensitive to drying out. Then, if possible, you should lift the whole clump, and wearing gloves, divide the rhizomes using sharp secateurs or loppers. Ideally each new section should have several growing buds with some fibrous roots. Cut the top growth down to around 30cm and replant at the same level as soon as possible. Keep well watered until well established.Answered on 8/11/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I have bought a black bamboo plant unfortunately it suffered from lack of water over a week's holiday! The leaves have dried up. Is there any chance of the plant surviving? Should I cut it back?Asked on 8/1/2014 by David from Leicestershire
If the damage is not too severe and you make sure the plant is not kept really well watered, then it may well survive. I would not cut it back until you are sure that the stem has died, so for now all you can do is wait and see.Answered on 8/4/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:What is the best barrier to use in the ground to stop this bamboo spreading wildly? How deep does it need to go?Asked on 6/21/2014 by beeb from Twickenham
We recommend this one - please click on the following link to go to it
and this should be buried around 60cm deep.Answered on 6/26/2014 by helen from crocus
Is it possible to restrict the height of the bamboo by pruning?Asked on 4/27/2014 by Messydigger from Cambridge
It is possible to restrict the plants height by pruning. I would be careful not to cut it back too hard, but keeping it at around 2.5 - 3m should be fine.Answered on 4/30/2014 by helen from crocus
Hi there, I would like to buy the black bamboo to put in a big container on my balcony, which is on the 6th floor and is very open and quite windy, with no cover over the top. Do you think this could survive, with the winds. Its a south facing balcony in south west London. Thank you.Asked on 11/4/2013 by windybalcony from london
If the balcony has some shelter, then the Phyllostachys nigra should be fine, provided it is kept really well watered. If however the balcony is very exposed and windy, then a better option would be Pseudosassa japonica - please click on the following link to go straight to it.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/pseudosasa-japonica/classid.1620/Answered on 11/6/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I am thinking of planting Phillostachys nigra. I have an area 3m x 3m which is surrounded by concrete paving. Will the roots go under the paving or will it be contained without the need for extra containmentAsked on 7/3/2013 by Mike from Derby
I would still recommend restricting the roots, even though this is not one of the more vigorous and invasive bamboos with a rigid, non-perishable barrier.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 7/3/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:My next door neighbour has just replaced an attractive hedge between our properties with a rather ugly fence which I want to screen using Phyllostachys nigra. The fence is 4.7m long. Approximately how many bamboo plants will I need to use to screen a fence of this size? Does one 5 litre pot contain 1 plant?Asked on 6/18/2013 by wannabegardener from Weybridge
Yes there is one plant per pot, which will be approx 60-70cm tall.
Phyllostachys nigra is classed as clump-forming, so it is not one of the more vigorous and invasive bamboos, but I would still recommend restricting the roots, using a rigid, non-perishable barrier, and the plants will need to be managed if you don't want them spreading out into the garden.
If you are trying to create a hedge effect, I would recommend planting them at 50cm intervals.
I hope this helps.Answered on 6/19/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Can I grow a Bamboo in a pot?
Dear Sir Please can you tell me if I can grow a bamboo in a 2ft deep window type box for a patio? Thanks RogerAsked on 4/15/2010 by roger pannell
A:Hello Roger, As long as you make sure you keep it really well fed and watered, it should be fine as long as it is nice and wide. After a couple of years though it will need to be planted in the ground - as will most things that grow to a good size. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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