An excellent screening plant, Alphonse Karr bamboo is cultivar of Bambusa multiplex, also known as ‘Yellow Stem or Hedge Bamboo’ and is a dense growing bamboo which makes it suitable for hedging.
Being an attractive looking bamboo Alphonse Karr bamboo is also suited as a specimen bamboo and can be grown in large pots or containers. New shoots are pink and they age to yellow. Growth rate is fast, reaching around 3m in a growing season depending on conditions.
Reasonably frost tolerant, slender (2 – 3cm) and a nice yellow colour. Will grow to 3- 5m in height (and taller) in height depending on conditions, however responds reasonably well to pruning and can be kept to 2 – 3m.
When grown in containers or an enclosed space they tend to be smaller.
Alphonse Karr bamboo can be grown in pots . If growing in pots choose larger pots to allow for growth. Larger pots also provide weight and stability for taller plants.
Like many bamboos Alphonse Karr is a gross feeder, lots of fertilizer and will out perform, look for fertilizers with a high Nitrogen count for excellent growth.
Pruning is simple, just cut back untidy or unwanted growth, really at any time of the year. And yes it can be pruned for height as well, best pruned for height after new growth has set.
Problems and diseases
Not many problems except in warmer humid climates, where it is prone to mealy bug infestations.
Alphonse Karr Bamboo is available from the following participating suppliers
50 Meadowbrook Way Riddells Creek
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1360 Bolong Road Coolangatta NSW 2535
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