How many should I order?
When choosing how many divisions to plant it is a cost v/s time consideration. Recommended planting for screening applications are one bamboo every 5 linear feet. Under normal growing conditions, the screen should fill in 3-5 years. The larger your initial bamboo, the taller your screen will be during this time period. You cannot over plant bamboo. If an immediate impact is desired, you can plant them in closer proximity, even touching. You can also plant less, it will just take a longer duration to get the desired effect. Learning how bamboo grows will help you determine how many you need and what to expect from planting.
There are two basic sizes for mail order. The 2 gallon sizes which range from 2′-3′ tall and 3 gallon sizes which range from 4′ and taller depending on species. The root system is included in the height and 1-3 canes should be expected.
Typical 3 gallon plant sizes are 4’+ tall (including root system), with 1 to 3 canes depending upon species. They are removed from the pots and shrink wrapped with moisture enclosed. Bamboo is shipped via UPS in a 4′ tall box.
All of the mail order plants have been stabilized and containerized to provide you with the best possible plant. Be careful of nurseries who dig and ship plants without time to containerize or stabilize the bamboo. This usually has very poor results. We start with containerized plants like the 3 gallon size pictured.
Here is another great example of a 3 gallon size bamboo. Most bamboo species are flexible enough to be bent into a 4′ tall box. All bamboo is braced to reduce stress during shipping. On many divisions if the cane is flexible enough, we bend them over and send you a taller plant. If the canes will not flex they must be topped to ship them. This does not hurt the bamboo as new canes will emerge each spring once the bamboo is established.
The plant is removed from the pots, carefully inspected and wrapped for shipping. We remove the plant from the container and add water, insulating layers, and plastic wrap to ensure your bamboo arrives healthy with a moist root ball.
We could ship like others, but our method of packaging that we started in 1995 and evolved is the best and has been copied by several of our competitors. Materials that we use inside and the secure plastic wrapping ensures your root mass will arrive moist and healthy.
Here are some pictures of 2 and 3 gallon plants that have been properly prepared for shipping. We take great care in packaging and over 99% of our UPS shipments arrive in excellent condition. We are prompt to correct mistakes made by UPS or FedEx.
A fluid gallon and a nursery container gallon are very different. A standard 3 gallon nursery container measures 10.7 inches in width by 9.25 inches in height. A 3 gallon timber bamboo will be 4 to 6 feet in height with a root mass 8 to 10 inches long if grown in a 3 gallon container.
A standard 2 gallon size nursery container measures 8.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches in height. So your 2 gallon timber bamboo will typically be 3 to 4 feet in height with a root mass 6 to 8 inches long, 4 to 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Depending upon how long the bamboo has been containerized, the more it will retain the original shape of the container.
Since bamboo is a colony plant, more roots equates to more potential energy for new growth. Independent upon what stage root development, all plants are inspect for health and to insure there is not a tillering either. Your bamboo will be capable of providing healthy future growth.