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Golden Bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea

Common Name: Golden Bamboo

Type: bamboo

Family: Poaceae

Zone: 7 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 30 feet

Width: indefinite

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained to moist

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Deer resistant: Yes

Pruning: Prune anytime

This plant makes for a fast growing screen or wind break, but because of its invasive nature, root containment is a must. This plant is on just about every invasive species list and has landed itself on my 10 worst invasive plants for a southern landscape list for this reason.

Golden Bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea was brought to Alabama in 1882 and has taken over as far North as Maryland all the way to Florida. It is a colonizing plant that sends out underground rhizomes and grows extremely fast. This plant is extremely hard to kill with conventional herbicides and often, soil sterilants have to come into play. It is said that it will get out of control if not contained and it is also said that if you try to contain it, you are destine to fail.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-30T16:01:27+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL