Fargesia Red Panda ('Jiu')

2 litre pot £24.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Fargesia Red Panda ('Jiu') umbrella bamboo: An excellent choice for hedging

Bamboos never look their best in winter because the cold, drying winds will often scorch their leaves. In late spring however, new canes will appear bearing a fresh batch of lush foliage.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The upright canes of this beautiful, clump-forming bamboo emerge green, but turn golden orange, then rich reddish brown in their second or third year. This effect is more pronounced when grown in a sunnier spot. These colourful canes form a dense clump and are clothed in slender green leaves, which are retained throughout the year. The dense, upright growth makes this particularly good for hedging or narrow borders.

  • Garden care: Do not allow to dry out while the plant is getting established. This is a clump-florming bamboo, but if you want to restrict the plant's spread, plant it in a large container, or surround the roots with a non-perishable barrier.

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I love this bamboo which I have planted in a large pot. It is slow-growing, maybe too slow-growing for some. I hope it has survived this very snowy winter. At the moment it has only a few leaves but the canes seem OK. Fingers crossed!

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We would like to plant this against a pavemenrt edge to create a screen for our house from the road. Would this be the best bamboo to consider? With a 2 litre pot how long will it take to grow 6'. How manyr plants would you suggest to get for 8-9' length. And finally should we create a barrier our side of the hedge? Thank you so much! Linda

Linda

Hello, This is a lovely screening plant, but as the growth rate is ultimately determined by the availability of water, light and nutrients, it is hard to say with any certainty how long it will take to get to 6'. As for the planting distances, this will depend on how impatient you are. Each plant can form a clump around 1.5m, but if you want a more immediate effect, then you can plant them at 45cm (18") intervals. Finally, you can control the spread of the plant, but using this... http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/

Helen

A few questions about this type of bamboo - How tall would the plants be on delivery? How many plants would be required to make a good screen along a 4metre fence (I see that they spread to 1.5m) don't want it to look sparse for years.

MJ

Hello, These plants are in a 2-litre pot, so they will typically be around 30 - 45cm tall. As for spacing for a screen, I would recommend planting them at 45cm intervals.

Helen

I need to create a hedge that's no more than 1M tall, thin (eg no more than 20cm) and can protect a raised bed from footballs. And low maintenance as it would be hard to access one side of the plants. If I planted these in small containers would it work? It's light shade. Or could you suggest anything else?

chimpy

Hello, I'm afraid this sounds very tricky as mature hedges tend to get pretty wide and all will need clipping at least once a year. I would not recommend the bamboo as this needs more space, however a better option would be Buxus sempervirens - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/buxus-sempervirens/classid.436/

helen

It says good for hedging or narrow borders, which is what I'm looking for but I wanted to know if there was any risk of it being invasive, as I don't want to upset the neighbours, or have to hack it back all the time either. We have a long (100ft) garden and I wanted to put something in the back that would quickly grow to a good height to shield a rather sad fence, the view of their house and make the kids trampoline not feel too invasive.

Charlotte

Hello, The bamboo is clump-forming, but does have a 1.5m spread. If you want to keep it more compact, or just want to stop it spreading onto the neighbours property, then I would recommend using a bamboo control system - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/

helen

Hi Plant Doctor, I have a few questions please, from a complete novice: 1.Does this Red Panda bamboo grow densely enough to provide very good privacy from neighbours? We are hoping to create a privacy screen/hedge with it, planting it up against our current fence. If not are there any other clumping bamboos you could recommend, to grow to around 7 feet? 2.Can it cope with clay soil? 3. Should we add anything to the planting hole such as soil improver, compost or some form of feed for it? 4.As it is clumping, is it unlikely to be invasive in any way? Many thanks!

Janey

Hello, If planted densely (at around 30 - 45cm intervals), these plants make an excellent screen. It is happy in clay soil, provided it does not remain waterlogged for any length of time, but I would advise digging in lots of composted organic matter before you plant to help enrich it. It does have an eventual spread of around 1.5m, so if you want to restrict its spread, then you should use a root barrier such as this one. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/

helen

If the roots of this plant are restricted through putting them in a container or root barrier, will the plant still grow to the maximum height?

janiehee

Hello, It is unlikely to reach its full height, but if the pot is large enough and the plant is kept well fed and watered, it should still get quite large.

helen

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