Welcome to my website. This website handles the overflow from 'Growing Ornamental Plants'. Both sites show how I select and grow ornamental plants which can cope with extremely hot and dry conditions in summer, and I show how I use water saving methods to achieve this.............John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
Growing Heavenly Bamboo
Latest Update 31st January 2016.
Heavenly Bamboo (Dwarf).
An evergreen plant in a warm temperate climate, this low growing shrub is not related to the bamboo family.
It is extremely hardy and almost indestructible. Mine has survived about 20 years of neglect and at least 3 relocations.
Its a pretty plant and deserves better treatment. Perhaps now I'm retired I will find time to indulge it.
Young leaves in spring are bright pink to red before
turning green; old leaves turn red or purple before they die.
Its leaves are toxic to small animals and when they decompose produce hydrogen cyanide which is very poisonous to humans. You should take precautions when handling this plant.
Pot up to a larger sized pot as required and keep the plant protected from frost during winter.
Replant each new Heavenly Bamboo plant in the prepared bed after all danger of frost has passed during the following spring.
Apply a foliar spray of activated aerated compost tea every month when the edible plants are sprayed and remember to spray the plants in the propagation unit.
In winter clear the ground of waste organic material and spent straw mulch beneath the plant and dispose of it in the compost heap.
Feed the soil surrounding the plant in late winter by applying a dressing of about 60mm deep homemade compost and cover it with about 50mm of fresh straw mulch.
Remove any dead branches and tidy up the shape of the plant, but there is no need for any significant pruning.
Spray the foliage of the plant with aerated compost tea every month at the same time as the edible plants are sprayed.
Organic Pest Control.
I have not been aware of any pest problems with my Heavenly Bamboo in the 20 years I have had it. However
sensible preventive measures like regularly spraying the plant with
aerated compost tea will boost their natural defences by colonising the
leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
These microbes defend plants against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes and defends roots against plant pathogens.