Sasa palmata

2 litre pot £24.99
available to order from spring 2020
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Sasa palmata broad-leaved bamboo: Vigorous grower

Bamboos never look their best in winter because the cold, drying winds will often scorch their leaves. In late spring however, new canes will appear bearing a fresh batch of lush foliage.

  • Position: full sun or to deep shade
  • Soil: tolerant of most soils except dry soils if planting in full sun
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Leaves: mid-green, dying back from the tips and edges in winter
  • Canes: green
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A vigorous medium-sized bamboo with green canes and mid-green leaves. The leaves tend to die back from their edges and tips during the winter, but it is quickly replaced with lush green foliage in late spring. This robust bamboo is best used as groundcover and for clipping into low moulds. It should only be introduced if you are prepared to keep it under control, since it can be extremely invasive and hard to eradicate once established.

  • Garden care: Plant in a large container or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier that restricts the plant's spread.

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Eventual height & spread

Hello, how many plants come in a 2 litre pot? And how far apart from each other should I plant them? I have an area that is about 2 metres long by 1/2 metre wide within which to plant them - it is a small border.

dooza

Hello there There is one plant in each 2lt pot with a good root system. Regarding planting, this bamboo can grow to 6m wide and is a very vigorous bamboo, so really will be too big and invasive for a small border such as yours. I would recommend a clump forming, less invasive smaller variety, something like Fargesia red panda ('Jiu'). https://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.Fargesia-red-panda-('Jiu')/sort.0/

When would be the best time to plant this?

Sam

Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. We are meant to be having a cold snap soon so I would hold off planting into the garden now, but this plant is fully hardy so you can keep it outside in a place where it won't be blown over until you can plant. Hope this helps.

I am considering purchasing sasa palmata which I understand is fast growing and fairly invasive. Would something like a PVC membrane cut from floor covering be sufficient to stop the plant spreading or are the runners strong enough to penetrate this material?

Koi man

Hello, I am not sure how tough a PVC membrane from a floor covering would be, but you will need something pretty tough...like this Bamboo Control System http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/

Helen

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 Roger

roger pannell

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 Doctor

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Can I plant my Bamboo in the ground in a pot with drainage holes? I have a couple of largish bamboos that I wish to plant in a pot in the ground. However, the plastic pots have drainage holes in the bottom. I know that bamboo can become extremely invasive (which is why I wish to plant them in pots). Will the roots go through the holes in the bottom? Or should I use pots without drainage holes? If so, will the bamboo survive with no drainage? Or is there a special type of pot for this purpose? Many thanks. Anne

Anne Lear

Hello again Anne, The Phyllostachys nigra is classified as non-invasive (or clump-forming), but even so it has an eventual spread of 3m. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can certain types of bamboo be non-invasive? I have, apparently, a black bamboo. Many thanks Anne

Anne Lear

Hello Anne, The bamboos will not survive without drainage holes in the bottom of the pots, so this is essential. Sadly though even a tough plastic will deteriorate over time and may crack and split, so they will certainly help, but in the very long term the plants may break out. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Anne Lear

Bamboo planting and controlling Hi I recently purchased six of these bamboo plants and am not sure how to plant them. Do they need to be in individual containers to avoid spreading? And how big should the containers be? I don't want to restrict the growth too much as I'm aiming for a screening effect in a corner of the garden at the back of a border, where a bit of spreading would be ok. Also might I be able to prune the spreading manually as the shoots appear? When it is suggested that the plants should be controlled with a 'non-perishable' barrier - what is that? Many thanks

harriet st johnston

Hello, If you go for one of the spreading rather than clump-forming bamboos then you will either need to get a really a big plastic pot (at least a 50 litre pot) or a plastic dustbin with drainage holes in the bottom and sink this into the ground. Alternatively you need to create a barrier that won't break down like a thick wall of concrete and sink this at least 3' into the ground around the area you want them to spread. Unfortunately we don't sell either of these items, however they should be relatively easy to find. You can cut off the emerging stems that are growing in the wrong area, but this will not prevent the roots spreading and therefore the shoots will come up in a wider radius each year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

harriet st johnston

Bamboo advice Hello there, I am writing to you as I need some advice on bamboo please. I am looking for a bamboo that would be suited to, and look good in, the following conditions :- Planted in a large pot / Evergreen / Hardy / Aspect: south-facing open porch (can be very hot and also a little breezy) / Height: ideally 5/6 feet max I would also like to find bamboos for another different aspect:- Planted in oblong-shaped planters (is there any minimum recommended depth for a planter?) / Aspect: up against a north facing corner wall / Hardy / Evergreen / Height - the taller the better but if possible at least 6/7 feet . Thank you very much in advance for your help. Kind regards, Esther

Esther Pye

Dear Helen, Thank you so much for your speedy response and the recommendations that you provided. What great service! I will order one of the bamboos today - the other when we get round to getting the planters for under the wall. Thanks again. Kind regards,

Esther Pye

Hello There, When planting bamboo, you should always opt for the largest pot you can find as they are generally vigorous plants that need a good amount of water. Having said that, the best one for a shady spot will be Sasa palmata - just click on the following link to go straight to it http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bamboo/exotics/sasa-palmata-/classid.1622/ while a better option for the sunnier spot would be Fargesia murieliae http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bamboo/exotics/fargesia-murieliae-/classid.1583/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Bamboo canes in a pot? Morning Roughly how many Bamboo canes are there in a 5ltr pot? Thanks

Sean Williams

Hello, As a very general guide, I would expect between 1 and 3 canes per pot. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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Are Bamboos ok for a windy roof garden I notice you have some Bamboo plants in your sale. I heard some time ago that one species of this plant was one of the fastest growing. My excitement was dampened when I also heard that it was not wind tolerant. I have a roof garden in London that is exposed to the full force of the wind and am looking for fast growing plants that I can place all around the perimeter to act as a wind break. They must, of course, thrive in the wind. Have you any ideas and are any of the bamboo plants in your sale, suitable for this purpose? Many thanks.

Alan Coulter

Hello There, Bamboos make up a huge group, but as a general rule the fastest growing ones are not suitable for pots and I'm afraid we do not sell any that are happy in very exposed positions, which is a very tricky situation for plants. I think ideally you should try to create a windbreak from some form of screening which will then offer some form of shelter to the plants. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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Bamboos pruning I have planted Bamboos up against a brick wall 10ft. high.They are now just reaching that height- can I trim the tops to stop growth? Regards Dave

david smith

Hello There, You can give them a light trim, but these plants do not really need it, and will prefer it if it kept to a minimum. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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