Pleioblastus fortunei

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  1. Davidm

    Davidm Active Member 10 Years

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    Anyone have any luck growing Pleioblastus fortunei in USDA zone 5.Nice looking plant but am getting conflicting information.One place says hardy to zone 7,one says zone 5,one says 6.Anyone in zone 5 growing this now or have grown it?
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The American Bamboo Society has rated Pleioblastus fortunei to a minimum temperature of -10°F (-23°C) which is USDA zone 6a.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    Davidm Active Member 10 Years

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    thank you very much.Not what I wanted to here.What do you think about the idea of wintering them over in nursery pots in a cold frame.I live in zone 5,and REALLY want some of these.
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I suppose it may be worth a try. Protect them when winters worst comes on.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    growest Active Member 10 Years

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    If in a container, be sure to plunge the pot fully into the soil...otherwise the pot contents reach a lower temp than if the roots are in the ground. The frame will cut down the cold dry winds, but won't keep things much warmer. Roots are more cold tender than the tops, so focus on them during the coldest times.
     
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    Davidm Active Member 10 Years

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    How do you think they would do in the house?
     

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