Weak Arundo donax

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Weak Arundo donax

Post by chrismc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:31 pm

Just wondering how everyones Arundo is doing this year. Ive only had mine 2 years but even now my biggest blade is only about a foot? what the secret here (my Miscanthus is already 6 foot so somethings going right there)

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:34 pm

I don't have one now as they don't do dry and lost the 2 I had. They really want swampy ground
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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Delboy » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:57 pm

Ive tried 2 and lost them both, both plain and varigated. I would like to try another but dont have the space now.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by harryc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:00 pm

Mine is struggling along, sending up spindly shoots. It got hammered in 2010 and I lost a fair bit of the main rootball.

Like Dave said they really need to be treated like bamboo,loads of water + heat.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Kristen » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:02 pm

My Arundo donax has sent up one shoot this summer, That is strong and tall, but if it doesn't send more up I can't see it surviving.

The variegated next to it has a dozen shoots, but they are all only a foot tall, or so.

I'll try giving it a lot more water, thanks.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:04 pm

There one on a compost heap near me that grows to 8 foot easily each year. I guess they like a lot of food too!

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by flounder » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:28 pm

They do like a lot of water. Mine would probably be about 3ft high now, but the dog grazes on it :roll:
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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by multim » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:30 am

Mine do really well and they shouldn't. Apart from being in a sheltered spot, they get no water unless in rains. As the image shows, they are right in the top corner of the garden and must be their usual 10 feet or so and this time. For example the fence is 2 metres high.
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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by chrismc » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:06 am

Thats awsome ...if ever you want to cut this back think of me...i'll take a chunk!

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Mick C » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:00 pm

Mine is a feeble this year, about half a dozen spindly shoots around the edges of the clump - the tallest still only 2 - 3 ft high.

Nothing from the centre - are you supposed to divide it up every few years? Looks like hard work.

I suppose it wouldn't hurt to feed and water it more.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Carrie » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:57 am

Mine haven't done so well this year either, so it must be down to the weather. I grow four different varieties of Arundo and I have some in the ground and more than I can count in pots, due to obsessive propagation! I once saw them for sale as pond plants, so that gives a clue to their water requirements.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by multim » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:53 pm

I chop out root sections each Spring so will try to remember to keep some back for those who want some.

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by huporhaha » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:04 pm

Mine didn't do NW Highlands after Cornwall. Too cold in winter and not warm enough to grow in summer ------ had some spindly spicimens until 2010 - then zilch - deaddo - deceased - no more..........

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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by The Codfather » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:47 pm

Mine have done great really...
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Re: Weak Arundo donax

Post by Carrie » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:02 pm

After all the lovely rain, my Arundos are sending up lots of new culms :D

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