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Phyllostachys praecox - C.D.Chu.&C.S.Chao.

Common Name
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Plains.
Range E. Asia - China in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Phyllostachys praecox


Phyllostachys praecox

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phyllostachys praecox is an evergreen Bamboo growing to 6 m (19ft 8in). It is in leaf 12-Jan. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked. A delicious flavour[266]. This is one of the first species to be ready to eat in the spring, the young shoots are usually boiled in at least one change of water. The shoots, which are 4 - 6cm in diameter[266], are harvested in the spring when they are about 8cm above the ground, cutting them about 5cm below soil level.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a rich damp soil in a sheltered position and plenty of moisture in the growing season. Dislikes prolonged exposure to hard frosts. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die[122]. This is a good companion species to grow in a woodland because the plants are shallow rooted and do not compete with deep rooted trees[195].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out. Seed is rarely available. Division in spring as new growth commences. Divisions from the open ground do not transplant well, so will need careful treatment and nurturing under cover in pots until at least late spring[238]. Division is best carried out in wet weather and small divisions will establish better than large clumps[238]. Another report says that you can take large divisions from established clumps and transfer them straight to their permanent positions, misting or drenching them frequently until they are established[200]. Basal cane cuttings in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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C.D.Chu.&C.S.Chao.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

   Sat Jan 14 2006

Hardy to Zone 6 at a push .... not Zone 0

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