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bamboo in zone 3-4

Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 102
Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
Has anyone out there successfully grown bamboo in zone 3 or 4 environments?


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is that climate zone 3-4, or permaculture zone 3-4?


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Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 102
Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
LOL, sorry. Hardiness zone. I'm in the north country.
Jason Matthew


Joined: May 22, 2011
Posts: 64
I've only heard as far north as zone 5 for bamboo. If you have a greenhouse you could do it with a smaller variety. A Fargesia species might be able to hold in zone 4. I'll check my reference books and see what I can find.

Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 102
Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
Thanks Da! I appreciate your effort.
Jason Matthew


Joined: May 22, 2011
Posts: 64
After having looked through my books, the hardiest species mentioned are in the Fargesia genus. There is some indication that they have pushed them as far as zone 4. I don't believe that they will get taller than 10 feet.

Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 102
Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
Thanks! Huh. Still worth a try. I'm curious. I think I'll order some. I wonder if St. Lawrence stocks. I guess I'll look. Any vendors you'd suggest?
Sanjay Arora


Joined: Jan 12, 2012
Posts: 8
da wanderer wrote: I'll check my reference books and see what I can find.



Hello Wanderer

Can you please advise books which have this kind of information? Also, any books which tell what plant does what to the soil (fixes nitrogen, consumes nitrogen, makes x mineral bio-available etc.) and what leaves & wood of a given plant do to the soil, post-mulch and etc.

Will appreciate all/any advise.

With regards.
Sanjay.
Rick Freeman


Joined: Jan 08, 2012
Posts: 102
Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
Sanjay, you might want to repost that question to a new thread. It's a good and relevant question that many of us would probably be happy to answer. Just a thought. Rick
Brenda Groth
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i would love to grow a non running bamboo too ..we are zone 4 /5...but I'll have to just substitute my Jerusalem Artichokes for them..another good substitute if you don't mind super invasives is japanese knotweed, polygonum..it is very invasive but has beautiful flowers and shoots are edible.


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Michael Brown


Joined: Jan 24, 2012
Posts: 16
Location: Massachusetts - Zone 6b
During my PDC we visited Tripple Brook Farm in Western MA. They have countless varieties, I believe you can order from their website. After a quick look they have varieties hardy to -20! Tripple Brook Bamboo Page


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