BAMBOO – ALPHONSE KARR

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COMMON NAME Alphonse Karr Bamboo
BOTANICAL NAME Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’
HEIGHT 12′-20′
WIDTH 5′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN Individual culms: 10 years; Entire bamboo: Unknown
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 15° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATERING REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground. Regular watering is important for the next 2 years, especially critical the first year. For the first 2 weeks, water daily. Week 3 and 4 need watering twice a week, and from then on water either once (if watering deeply) or twice a week. Once roots have established 2 years after planting, water once a week. Supplement water during droughts and hot weather.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 once every 2 to 3 weeks from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves and trunk.
COLOR Green or variegated
MONTH OF COLOR All year
FLOWER At the peak of it’s life after many years, most bamboo will use as much energy as possible to produce flowers, and then dies sometime afterwards. Few bamboo flower more than once.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Raw bamboo is full of cyanide, and is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, and humans.
COMMENTS Great for privacy screen. Grows extremely fast, fully grown within 18 to 24 months. Clumping bamboo, not a running bamboo. This variety is low maintenance & drought tolerant once it’s established.
PRICE 15 gallon $55