Controlling bamboo by Whitney Adams

Discussion led by Whitney at NEC June meeting, Bristol, Rhode Island

Handouts included:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/pests-and-problems/weeds/bamboo.aspx

http://www.bamboogarden.com/barrier%20installation.htm

Methods included:

– removal by hand with tools and machines

– digging trenches to control

– sand-traps to manage rhizome spread

– herbicides

– time of year for best control

To contact Whitney (Groton, CT) –

wradamjr@gmail.com

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Winter hardiness report from Ned Newton

Winter Status of Bamboo at the Newton’s – Westport, Massachusetts

October 2014    vs.  Comments under plant name, June 2015

Strikethrough means removing it from collection or death.

Name                                          Oct 2014 size     Current Condition          Location

1. Borinda angustissma                       4’                     excellent         Indoors

Not affected, indoors

2. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Fish Pond

Much die back of all culms but essentially all back together now.

3. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

(with narrow leaves, Gansu 95-2?)

Full die back of all culms. Little come back in 2014 but a little more 2015.

4. Fargesia robusta                              9’                     excellent         Entrance Duck Pen

Full die back of all culms. 2014 a feathery ring of 30” culms. 2015 a small come back of regular culms.

5. Fargesia nitida ‘Eisenach’               16”              seedlings        in nursery (2008) NW Bed

Struggling but hanging in there.

6. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            4’                     good               Front, toward North

Not too bad. Little losses to top of some culms. Now over 6’ tall. Needs thinning out.

7. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            6”                    new, wispy    in nursery N Bed center (2010)                                 Willamett #9 May be #9??

 

Died


8. Fargesia nitida ‘Ems River’            4″          seedlings        1 left nursery N Bed west

(Whitney ’10) 1 died 5-4-12

9. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’ I          4’                     good               nursery, N Bed east

20% die back but recovering slowly. Slow growth.

10. Fargesia denudata                          8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

2014 had 20% die back. 2015 had 10% die back. After some trimming, it should look fine.

11. Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’     6’     good               Driveway & Bird Bldg.

Old culms both 2014 and 2015 not pretty. Cut to ground and new ones looked fine 2014. 2015 it is taking some time. “clump” is spreading widely now.

12. Pseudosasa japonica‘Tsutsumiana’               7’                     good             Mikado Pen

2015 full die back. Only tiny little culms visible now, June 2015.

13. Sasa palmate f. nebulosa                 4’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

14.  Indocalamus tessellatus                   2’                     poor               Golden Pen

Struggling poorly. Not the bamboo’s fault; very dry location.

 15. Indocalamus solidus                        3’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

 16.  Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ 8’/0              gone       Field, dug out May 2012&13

 17. Phyllostachys aureosulcata              25’/0        3rd cutting      Duck & Swinhoe Pens

Cut out fall 2011   Still many 4’ culms to be re-cut .

 18. Phyll. aureosulcata -Aureocaulis-  22’/0          3rd cutting    Reeve’s Pen, cut down 6/12

Still a great many wispy culms to be re-cut.

19. Phyllostachys aureosulcata  ‘Spectabilis’          24’            excellent         Driveway

5% die back by spring 2015. Doing well.

20. Phyllostachys nigra                         10’                   good               Fireback Pen

Considerable die back, very little if any left. Some 12” or less culms.

 21. Phyllostachys parvifolia                  24’                   excellent         across from Peonies

Back hoe dug out most all, fall 2014. Some sneaking up along periphery.

 22. Pleioblastus distichus ‘Mini’            12”/0              invasive, trying to remove @ Deck

Still trying to remove.

23. Pleioblastus viridi striatus               16”                  excellent         Driveway

Culms not over wintering. Cut to ground and up it comes next year.

24. Pleioblastus viridi striatus Chrysophylla 16”     excellent         Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

The winter of 2014-2015 was bitter cold with no snow cover until the end of January. The minimum temperature at our house was – 5 deg. F. This is colder than I have seen since living there since 1999. This occurred at night with no snow cover. After mid-January the snow came, and we had significant cover for the balance of the winter.

The winter of 2013-2014 had a minimum temperature of 5 deg. F. However, there was much high wind and very little snow cover. A very hard winter for plants.

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Bamboo Poles available in CT

From member Paul Carpenter –
A gentleman in my town (Easton, CT) almost lost his 30 yr old ½ acre grove this winter. It went down to -19 degrees. He has about 500 22 ft poles, 1.5 diameter mostly, if you know anybody looking.  Luckily there are new shoots so he’s back in the groove!

I’m 5 miles south of him and my half acre of bamboo survived.  I registered  -6 and -9 degree days.  My Bamboo were planted only 3 years ago.

<note:  I don’t know which species this is, but contact Paul for more info>

Paul Carpenter, DC   carpentercorps.com@gmail.com

203 374 4393

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27-  2015

NORTHEAST CHAPTER event!

The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is an arboretum of 13 hectares (32 acres), located at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, mid-way between Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, onBristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares (9.9 acres) lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species.  And a really nice, well-managed grove of Yellow Groove bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata!

A sitting area at Blithewold with some shade under a bamboo pergola.
The giant grove of Yellow-Grove at Blithewold

A newly installed bamboo garden created by James Clever for a client wanting a privacy screen.

NEC Meeting!

NEC Meeting!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful venue! The gardens will be looking great and the facilities will allow us a nice place to share discussions and lots of conversations.

Program Includes:

JAMES CLEVERBamboo Gardener from Seattle WA will come and share his experiences of controlling running bamboos and designing bamboo gardens. His approach will be a real lesson, especially to those that are AFRAID of bamboo ! That fear comes from not knowing enough about how bamboo grows!  It is possible and realistic to have bamboo in <almost> any garden!

WHITNEY ADAMS –with 30 years experience growing bamboo in a residential neighborhood, will tell about using herbicide to control unwanted rhizome spread!

A.C. LAKSHMANA –  a retired Indian government official with vast experience using bamboo as environmental remedy, will speak about bamboos role in soil stability.

Tour of the grounds will be with Blithewold’s Horticulturist, Fred Perry.

On Friday and/orSunday, we will arrange side trips for those interested!  Saturdayevening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.

SAVE THE DATE!

  • Saturday, June 27
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens
  • Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 10am – 4pm
  • website here for more info
  • Cost $35 includes entrance fee, presentations, box lunch, and grounds tour
  • You mustRSVP! See below …
James Clever – bamboo expert and guest speaker

NEC is looking for volunteers!

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, bamboo-philes to organize meetings, work-parties, tours, whatever in our Northeast region. There are a lot of miles out there, and we try to host gatherings wherever we can. But we need your help!

Send us a line if you are “game” to host a gathering or lead us on a tour!

 

Have you renewed your membership in ABS? Please pay your dues so you don’t miss issues of BAMBOO magazine.

http://bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php

TO RSVP FOR THE JUNE 27 MEETING :   PLEASE SEND A CHECK PAYABLE TO NEC FOR $35 TO NEC TREASURER, FRAN BARTHOLOMEW, 750 Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12203   We need your confirmed registration before June 22 in order to provide you with LUNCH.  Registration at the door is $45.  Please plan ahead!  Thanks! We look forward to sharing a great time with you all.
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Annual Meeting of the ABS – October 28-November 1 2015

 Where :   Xalapa, México

“Tropical Bamboos for a Better World”

Potential Schedule for 2015 ABS Conference, Xalapa, Veracruz, México

October 28th

Pre-meeting field trip to the El Riscal, a new bamboo plantation and walk in the cloud forest in the Perote Mountain.

October 29th

ABS Board Meeting at Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden Auditorium (Pending location)

October 30th

Keynote opening speaker: Dr. Lynn G. Clark (Bamboo revolution:  recent advances in understanding bamboo evolution).

Mauricio Villaumin (Bambuver: experiences running the first commercial Mexican bamboo company and plantation)

Dr. Víctor Ordoñez (Physical and mechanical properties of Mexican Guaduas and other species)

Dr. Teresa Mejía (Mexican bamboo living collections)

Lic. Arturo Aguilar (Bamboo culm sheaths uses)

Ing. Armando Moreno Sánchez (Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico)

Demonstration how to make baskets using otate (Otatea acuminata = Mexican weeping bamboo)

Bamboo for kids I: paper making and decorating it with bamboo leaves.

October 31th

Ing. Ximena Londoño (Guadua angustifolia, an agroforestry plant)

Dr. Felipe Trabanino (Guadua as a mortuary item in Mayan burials)

Dr. Luis Cervantes (Insects in association with bamboos)

Mike Bostwick (Bamboo Landscape design)

Dr. Rogelio Macías (Otatea acuminata: distribution, propagation, current and potential uses)

Mauricio Mora Tello (Bambusa Cholula Beer, the first Latinoamerican beer that uses bamboo in its elaboration and experiences running a microbrewery)

TodoBambu (Demonstration how to make furniture using different bamboo species)

Bamboo for kids II: how to build a kite using bamboo sticks.

November 1st

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) field trip to the Naolinco city, to know this traditional celebration in México.

Stay tuned to the ABS website for registration info, www.bamboo.org

REGISTER HERE

http://www.bamboo.org/forms/ABS2015registration.html

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NEC Meeting June 27, 2015 Join us!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful venue! The gardens will be looking great and the facilities will allow us a nice place to share discussions and lots of conversations.

Guest Speaker -to be announced!

On Friday and/or Sunday, we can arrange side trips for those interested!  Saturday evening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.

SAVE THE DATE!

  • Saturday, June 27
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens
  • Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 10am – 4pm
  • website here for more info
  • Cost $35 includes entrance fee, presentations, box lunch, and grounds tour
  • You must RSVP!   Please send me an email at susannelucas@gmail.com

The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is an arboretum of 13 hectares (32 acres), located at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, mid-way between Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, onBristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares (9.9 acres) lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species. And a really nice, well-managed grove of Yellow Groove bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata!

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Bamboo presentation for the Pacific Northwest Chapter, January 31, 2015

January 31st, 12:30-2:30
Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom, Portland OREGON

Presentation Title: Looking into Moso plantations, China

I have been working as an independent consultant to commercial companies interested in developing bamboo plantations in the U.S. Most recently, concerns regarding the availability of bamboo plants for research plots, and the clonal integrity of bamboo seedlings produced in-vitro, have led me to question of the feasibility of growing moso bamboo as a source for paper pulp in the United States.

China is reported to have both the largest and the fastest growing bamboo sector, involving more than ten million bamboo farmers, providing 35 million jobs and generating a market value of over 10.5 billion U.S. dollars of exports of various bamboo products for the global market. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens [syn. edulis]) has the highest ecological, economic and cultural value of all bamboos in Asia, accounting for almost 70% of the total area of bamboo growth. This bamboo alone is valued at 5 billion U.S. dollars of annual forest production in China. For these reasons, I traveled to China to find out first-hand about moso plantation development, and other aspects of moso cultivation that is required for successful translation in the United States.

I went to China in February 2014 to ask questions and visit plantations. Please come hear and see my impressions.

Susanne Lucas, Horticulturist
9 Bloody Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA

www.susannelucas.com / susannelucas@gmail.com

Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation, www.nedjaquithfoundation.org

Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization, www.worldbamboo.net

Vice President, American Bamboo Society

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NEC Newsletter sent via email today, November 19 – 2014

If any of you out there who are paid members of the Northeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, please let me know if you did NOT get the electronic newsletter I sent out this morning. We are updating our email membership list, and I don’t want to leave anyone out! Send private message to ne-chapter@bamboo.org. Thanks! ~ Susanne

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NEC Report to ABS Board at ABS Annual Conference

Submitted and presented by NEC Rep, Susanne Lucas (filling in for Scott Ritchie)

September 9, 2014   San Marino, California – The Huntington Botanical Gardens

The current NEC Board of Directors:

> Scott Ritchie, President (terms ends 2016), Baltimore MD
> Susanne Lucas, VP (2016), Plymouth, MA
> Stephanie Ritchie, Sec (2016), Baltimore, MD
> Fran Bartholomew, Treasury (2015), Albany, NY
> Dave Flanagan (2015), Boston, MA
> Whitney Adams (2015), Groton, CT
> Mike Bartholomew (2014), Albany, NY
> Ned Newton (2014), Westport, MA

> alternate: Larry Holland (2014), Amenia, NY

> alternate:  Anthony Poveromo (2016), Amenia, NY

NEC President Scott Ritchie and his wife Stephanie Ritchie (NEC Secretary) organized a wonderful spring meeting at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore, Maryland, the weekend of June 21st. The site has a long history of gardening, dating back to 1863.  This 170-acre site is owned and managed by the city of Baltimore and is an impressive gem.  Scott works here as a staff horticulturist, and is perhaps solely responsible for the fact that the arboretum has any bamboo at all.   Our small but intrepid group toured the various plantings and spent time talking about the past winter’s effect on our own bamboos, cultural info on various species, the need to divide and root prune contained runners, and enjoyed each other’s company.  I gave a powerpoint presentation on my recently published book and also showed some pics from a recent trip to Taiwan and China.

It must be said that we were disappointed more people did not come out for this event.  Why don’t we get more people from our Chapter out to events?   Do the majority of members only need a newsletter?

No other events are planned for this year, although I wish there were.

I continue to post on the NEC page of the ABS website, and luckily a few other people post from time to time, too.

~ Susanne Lucas

p.s.  After the ABS Board Meeting and the ABS Members Meeting, I was elected Co-Vice President, serving with Bill Hollenback.  Stay tuned to ABS news via BAMBOO magazine.

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Free potted bamboo!

Hello bamboo lovers,
I have quite a few pots with indoor bamboo in CT.
They  have spent summer on the porch and I am giving them away as have
no time to split them/report and continue to take care.
I live on 95 between New London and New Haven.
If anyone needs them- stop by before frosts.
I have bought them long ago in MA bamboo place, do not remember their names.
Please send NE chapter mail with this info.
Thanks,
Tamara.

Contact:

Tamara Potselueva <tamara@healyourself.us

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