Saturday, April 11, 2015

Releasing a Green Panda (Bamboo) into the Wild

I ordered this Green Panda bamboo [Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'] online from Amazon. It came in the mail in the dead of winter, but survived and was growing on my windowsill all winter. Now it's spring time and time to say goodbye - I have to release my baby green panda to the wild - by putting it in my side yard.

Green Panda clumping bamboo
Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'

This side yard gets about 2 hours a day of direct sunlight and the rest is completely shaded by the houses. I consider it partial/full shade but not super deep dark shade because these are 1-story houses with light colored siding that still provides ambient light.

This green panda bamboo should get to be 6-8 feet tall, and tolerate grooming to become a little fountain of bamboo coming off the side of my house and complimenting the Asian-ish look of the rocks and Japanese maple tree.

green panda bamboo
Still very young Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'

It's only about 14 inches tall right now, but hopefully will put on some growth this summer. I hear it grows super fast. In the pot it was putting out a new leaf a week on each of the stalks. I guess that's pretty fast.

Fargesia rufa 'Green Panda'
Here's a baby photo of my green panda the day it arrived

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