Blue Bamboo
blue hedge

Drepanostachyum falcatum

Also called, Himalayan Weeping Bamboo

From: The Himalayas

Characteristics
Blue bamboo gets to about 3.5 m. (12') high, with long, narrow leaves on arching culms. Current years culms are covered with a bluish bloom. Can take temperatures down to -29 degrees C!

Use
A non-invasive bamboo that makes a wonderful garden feature or privacy screen.

blue indoors

A truly beautiful container plant, suitable for indoors provided it receives good light.

Used for basketery in Nepal.

Requirements
Blue Bamboo is a forest understory plant so don't plant it in constant full sun. It prefers light shade for most of the day. Trim top once a year in winter and sides as required.

Growing indoors or under cover, mist leaves with water once a week. Sometimes, say monthly add seaweed tonic.

Interest
Bamboo flowers rarely, around once in 100 years. After flowering it sets seed then dies.
Blue Bamboo flowered in 1998 / 89.

How fast will it grow?
Of course, growth rate depends a lot on climate, food and water. Blue shoots throughout summer months.
Small plants are slow to get going, so starting off with a bigger plant will get you there much faster.

So what does it cost?

255mm pot; 0.5m tall $ 75 not available
300mm pot; 1m tall $ 150 available Click to see stock photo
400mm pot;2.5m tall $ 280 available

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