Pleioblastus Pumilus has dark green, upright leaves and it belongs to a dwarf bamboo category, with its size of 0,3 to 0,8m. It will grow anywhere, even in poor soil, but it prefers well drained one, with lots of watering. It can be also kept in pots.
It spreads rapidly, and you will have to install a root barrier if you want to limit its growth. Water it regularly, and it will flourish on the sun, although you can have nice results if you put it on part shade places as well. It can be used for embankment and as ground cover.
Pleioblastus Pygmaeus Distichus has very small, compact leaves, and it is a perfect ground cover, especially when used for banks and borders. As all other members of its family, it originates from Japan. Size is in between 0,2 and 1m. Resistant to very low temperatures, it likes to be placed in deep, moist soil, on full sun or shaded places.
Pygmaeus looks especially attractive if planted in large groups. Since it spreads rapidly, it will be a perfect borders edging plant. Pruning should be performed twice a year, and cutting it at least once a year back to ground level will keep its fresh appearance.
Pleioblastus Shibuyanus, also known as Tsuboii is much taller plant, 1 to 2m high, and its green leaves are white-dashed. It will survive low temperatures, but it likes to be planted on nice, full sun position, in deep, moist, well-drained soil. It is mostly used as a low hedge.
Pleioblastus auricomus originates from Japan and its full size is somewhere between 0, 2 and 0,4m. It likes moist, deep soil, without excess of lime, as well as to be placed in partial shade. Resistant to very low temperatures, its green leaves are dashed with gold and yellow. It may be used for bordering or planted in small clumps. It should be cut to ground level twice a year.
Although bamboo plants are simple to look after, the ideal environment for planting them is always well drained, moist soil. They can easily be kept in containers, but they will grow wherever you put them. If you provide enough water, appropriate soil and an occasional fertilizing, you will most certainly have really beautiful plants.
Bamboos grow very quickly, and you should choose the appropriate variety for each purpose. Most low varieties have a running root system, and it means their underground stems will grow in all directions around your plant. That’s why you should install root barriers to contain the roots.
Generally, bamboos are divided into three categories, dwarf, medium and giant types. Dwarfs are under 1,2 m tall, medium sized are between 1,2 and 3m and giants can easily exceed 10m in the right environment. Keep that in mind while choosing plants for your garden.
Young plants should be generously fed and watered. Adults will survive even if neglected. Most species require regular pruning or cutting back to the ground level, if you want to keep them well shaped and preserve their fresh appearance for long years. Pleioblastus Pumilus is easy to maintain beautiful addition to any garden.