Division in spring as new growth commences. Divisions from the open ground do not transplant well, so will need careful treatment and nurturing under cover in pots until at least late spring. Division is best carried out in wet weather and small divisions will establish better than large clumps. Another report says that you can take large divisions from established clumps and transfer them straight to their permanent positions, misting or drenching them frequently until they are established.Basal cane cuttings in spring.
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A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -18°c, but it dislikes prolonged exposure to hard frosts. Plants can reach 25 metres in height in their native habitat, they are much smaller in Britain but, even so, a height of 12 metres has been recorded in Cornwall. Cultivated for its edible shoots in China, it is the most widely grown bamboo in Japan for its useful canes. It has been widely planted for ornament in the Mediterranean and is becoming naturalized there. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value. 'Castillon' has smaller culms than the species type, the edible shoots are less bitter. A plant of this cultivar at Trebah gardens in Cornwall was growing well in woodland shade, it was 5 metres tall with canes 20mm in diameter[K]. This is a good companion species to grow in a woodland because the plants are shallow rooted and do not compete with deep rooted trees. The rootstock is running but not aggressively so, especially in the cooler climate of Britain. New shoots are produced from late May. Individual stems can be long lived, staying leafy for up to 20 years. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus.Plants only flower at intervals of several years, viable seed is usually produced. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They usually die after flowering, but if left alone they will sometimes recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die.
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