Phyllostachys pubescens, common name Moso bamboo is a monopodial bamboo, An absolute giant in all respects, with blue-green culms (canes) and dense arching foliage and have a fuzzy texture. The distinctive internodes are very short near the ground, then lengthen to a foot or more higher up the culm. The leaves are smaller than those of many other bamboos and present a pleasant contrast to the massive culms. Moso bamboo pole stalks are considered among the biggest and most beautiful, growing to a diameter from 3 to 7 inches and towering to 80 feet with clusters of relatively small green leaves.
Growing Moso Bamboo requires plenty of heat, water and feed to achieve towering, majestic and simply jaw-dropping hights of up to 70 ft. Hardy to about 0 degrees F, reliable in Zone 8 and most of Zone 7. Plant in full sun or light shade. Moso is somewhat more difficult to establish than are other bamboos. Some claim that it is helpful to start with a large division. Rhizome divisions are generally unsuccessful. Moso has a strong preference for well-drained, red clay soils.
1. Rinse seeds with clean water. 2. Soak seeds for 5 minutes in 10% salt water solution. Rinse. 3. Soak seeds for 15 minutes in clean water.
Sowing: 1. Use a 50/50 mix of perlite and peat/sphagnum moss, moistened to the point where you can barely squeeze water out of it. You can either mix this yourself or buy it pre-mixed at any local garden center. Do not use all your mix. 2. Place soil mixture in either a 1020 flat w/ humidity dome or I have also used a plastic Tupperware style sweater box with lid. 3. Scatter seeds randomly or place them in rows in the mix…it's up to you. 4. Cover lightly with remaining soil mix and place cover on flat. 5. Lid should keep moisture high. Open once or twice a week to allow fresh air in and check soil moisture. If dry, gently mist with clean water.
1. Moist a paper towel to the point where you can barely squeeze water out of it. 2. Lay seeds on the paper towel. 3. Fold the paper towel and carefully slip the paper towel into the plastic bag. Seal the bag completely. 4. Store the plastic bag in a light, warm place until seeds germinate.Remove the seeds to individual peat pots after they've grown their roots.
Germination and Seedling care: 1. You should begin seeing germination occur within 2 to 4 weeks. 2. Keep cover on for another week to keep humidity up and enhance seed germination. Once seedlings begin to reach the top of the cover remove cover. 3. Seeds will continue to germinate for upwards to 4 weeks after you see the first seed germinate. 4. Your new bamboo seedlings will grow to approximately 4 inches in the first month. 5. After the first month you can begin applications of an all purpose fertilizer. For this I mix Miracle Grow plant food into spray bottle and gently mist them thoroughly. 6. Depending on what container you used to germinate your seeds in, you can transplant the new seedlings safely after the first month. I have been putting all mine into 4" round pots. 7. When new seedlings are about 2 to 3 months old they will begin to send up new shoots. 8. 1 year old seedlings will vary in height between 1 to 2 feet.