Canada Bamboo World

Discussion in 'Outdoor Tropicals' started by Carol Ja, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Carol Ja

    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    Has anyone had any experience with this company? I wa browsing the prices on the Alocasias, mostly wondering about quaility and such.

    www.bambooplant.ca/index.html
     
  2. andypython

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    I purchased cannas and bamboos from them last summer. I did go to their nursery in cloverdale and did not order through the internet but I was very happy both with the plants I bought and the knowledge of the staff. my two cents.
     
  3. palmera

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    Carol,

    I just picked up an order of bamboo from them yesterday. My folks live in CHWK so I have an excuse to travel out there. (They are located in Chilliwack, not Cloverdale)
    I got a 5 gallon Bambusa 'Alphonse Karr' and another small varieagated bamboo (the name escapes me). I also have ordered from them in the past. They have a great selection of the hard to find kinds and are close by. This is why I use them. I do feel that the plants are small for the price (or expensive for the size), but they are healthy. They are good people to deal with as well.
     
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    all I remember is that it was a long drive out there! Did not seem so far from the ferries on the map!
     
  5. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    palmera.
    Once, I was going to bring in some Bambusa mulitplex 'Alphonse Karr' for a contact wanting some. My supplier promptly informed me it was borderline during our coldest weather. ABS has this one rated at -8 celcius (17.5 f), so I informed my contact and she re-thought her desicion.
    Was your small variegated bamboo a Pleioblastus species?

    Cheers, LPN.
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Yes, all Bambusa are tropical. Minimum temperature tolerances of more hardy kinds do not indicate an ability to grow for long periods yearround in the north.
     
  7. palmera

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    Barrie, my small variegated bamboo is a Hibanobambusa tranquillans shiroshima. Whew, that's a mouthful! A tough, hardy type(-23C) that likes shade. This one's going into a pot at my front door. A real nice looking leaf, check out CBW's site for a photo. She's too small to split now but we'll see what we can do later...

    As for the Alphonse Karr, I know it's borderline, but Mary Dawn here at Island Specialty has had some success with one planted out so I thought I'd give it a go. Living in zonal denial, you know! How many of us have plants in the ground that are supposed to be tropical only?
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    palmera,
    I looked up Hibanobambusa tranquillans 'Shiroshima' in my ABS listings and they have it as a maximum height of 16' tall, maximum culm diameter 1.3" and rated to -18c (0f). Sounds like you picked a winner! Let it get well established for a number of years before you atempt to divide it.
    All my palms are looking great after the latest installment of winter has now passed.

    Cheers, LPN.
     

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