Bamboo Shooting Calendar

Shooting Calendar
BambooPlanting Year2012201320142015201620172018
Fargesia dracocephala Rufa2011March 22ndApril 15thMarch 4thMarch 27thMarch 10thMarch 20thApril 9th
Phyllostachys aurea2011May 3rdMay 17thApril 28thMay 10thMay 9thMay 20thMay 10th
Pseudosasa japonica ‘Tsutsumiana’2012*April 20thN/AMay 9thApril 21stApril 24thApril 25th
Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’2012May 3rdMay 8thApril 30thMay 9thApril 27thApril 24thApril 25th
Fargesia denudata ‘Lancaster 1’2012April 9thMay 1stN/AApril 10thMay 10thApril 18thApril 17th
Phyllostachys pubescens ‘Moso’2012**April 20thMarch 25thApril 13thApril 1stMarch 25thApril 17th
Borinda fungosa2012**May 8thMay 26thJune 13thMay 11thAugust 10thMay 25th
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ Lamatempel2012May 5thApril 26thApril 12thApril 28thApril 10thApril 1stApril 22nd

* Pseudosasa japonica ‘Tsutsumiana’ started shooting inside the pot during late autumn and shoots started growing as it got warmer in April.
** Young seedlings were still in their pots, kept protected from cold inside during the winter. Winter protection induced early shooting which means shooting data for 2012 wasn’t relevant.

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  1. Alec

    Hey there! Where in Europe are you located? I’m trying to grow ‘Moso’ and P. A. ‘Spectabilis’ up in Scandinavia at the moment. What are your absolute winter lows, if I may ask?

  2. tarzan tarzan


    I grow them both in zone 7a, Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s in Central Europe. Usually temperatures during winter drop to around -15°C, sometimes lower. For example, last winter, we’ve seen -20°C for a couple of nights, this winter, we’ve only seen -10°C, which means we’ve had a very warm winter. Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ had shown almost no damage at -20°C. Some of the branches on the north-eastern side were partly leaf burnt, but overall, all the leaves remained undamaged or got a small brown leaf tip.
    Moso was badly damaged and the parts of it, that were not completely covered with snow, got completely defoliated and eventually in the spring leafed out, but not without strange leaf deformations and continuous loss of leaves and branches – I removed most if not all the damaged culms. Since the plant (seedling) is still young, cold hardiness improves each year. I think that Moso damage that winter was not caused by extreme cold alone – most likely it dehydrated due to strong dry north-eastern wind and sunny weather. Deadly combination for any evergreen plant.

    1. Alec

      Thanks for your speedy response! Ah, Slovenia! The one country here in Europe I really want to go to – seems like a little known gem 🙂

      It seems like your winters are similar to ours. Annual lows over the past five years (my neighbor kept records) were all between -11C and -16.5C, but once every decade, we may get down to -20C if northeastern/eastern winds blow in from Sweden. Winds from that direction, however, are extremely seldom here with the nonstop Gulf Stream from the southwest. My fear is that temperatures tend to stay above 0C in December, leaving most plants bare for the ca. -15C cold snaps in January. I’m predicting many years of mulching. It’s good to see that the Moso survived -20C temps, though! That gives me even more hope 🙂

      Our summers are probably much cooler than yours, with last summer not producing a single day of temperatures over 30C or a single night over 20C. With this mild coastal climate, the challenge will be getting the plants enough sunlight and heat.

      I’ll be following your blog from now on! Just discovered it through your comments on Grannos’ blog 🙂

      1. tarzan tarzan

        Moso likes sun, but as soon as it gets well above 30°C it starts rolling it’s leaves around here. If there’s wind, it looses water even faster. I’m sure it won’t grow as fast as ‘down’ here, but you should be able to keep it alive. Winters without snow are being an issue here as well – snow usually comes from south, which means it often rains, rather than snows. On the other side, cold comes from north-east and it’s usually dry, sunny and often windy. Without snow, there’s a good chance Moso gets damaged. Just a bit more to the south, there’s Mediterranean climate and they don’t have such problems.

        Grannos must be close. Possibly a bit more to the south, because he sees first shoots earlier.

        If you ever need advice just feel free to ask. Good luck!

        1. Alec

          Yeah, we have the same patterns here. I’m excited to try it, though! My moso are grown from seeds, but I should be looking around for rhizomes as well.

          Thanks! I will definitely ask if I need a consultation 🙂


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