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Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:15 am
by Springy
Kristen wrote:
Brummie Brian wrote:avoid the variegated species
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I think it looks nice - Will Giles has one with a Green one behind (sorry, not that easy to see from this photo)

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I agree! I've been growing it here for about 4 years now and it's well behaved, easy to look after and gives a good contrast colour for other plants.
If any stems get untidy I cut them off, strip off the leaves and chuck them in the pond and new plants start to grow from the leaf nodes, with a well formed root system. Then I just pot them up. icon_thumleft

Grows to about 10ft here.

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:28 am
by miketropic
I've heard of the pond method but have not tried it..I have some stem buried since the fall we will see if they shoot from the nodes

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:31 am
by Blairs
miketropic wrote:I've heard of the pond method but have not tried it..I have some stem buried since the fall we will see if they shoot from the nodes
You can also propagate them (not personally tried, yet):

http://www.cooltropicalplants.com/Arund ... egata.html

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:30 pm
by huporhaha
Mine languished outside for several years but bit the dust in 2010 winter - they never came to much up here -summers too cool for any good growth spurts I would imagine.

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:47 am
by acphm
Brummie Brian wrote:I am looking for a tall bamboo like grass to add to my garden and I think it is called Arundo donax. Does any one use it. I am looking for a tall variety. If anyone does use it I would be grateful for any info about height, hardiness, invasiveness. I have searched some plant sites and ebay but cant find any for sale. So if any one wants to part with a clump I am willing to purchase. Thanks
Arundo Donax isn't a bamboo, it's the most tall mediterranean grasses (3-6m) and likes seasonal watercourses, it can resist long periods of drought. It's very used like stakes in agriculture (exam. to grow tomatoes).

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:08 am
by SarahC73
Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:
Birmingham Chris wrote: I have something similar with very long arching leaves with a white mid-rib which grows to about ten feet and dies back for the winter, really well behaved but can't remember what it is (sorry - that was REALLY unhelpful!).
Miscanthus perhaps ? Mine has a white mid rib.
I grow miscanthus giganteus, which is quite similar to arundo donax. It's has green leaves with a pale mid-rib. Mine grew to about 10 feet in its first season. I got mine from a local garden centre but I see urban jungle sells them at the moment. They say they eventually grow to 4m. :D

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:59 am
by Kristen
I grow, and really like, Miscanthus sacchariflorus - a tall grass. Not as tall as Arundo donax, not with canes as thick, but pretty dramatic nonetheless.

Re: Arundo donax

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:38 pm
by The Codfather
Mine do great up here...