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 04/21/2019 01:09 PM
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wbsponger

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Any suggestions for a clumping bamboo to use beachside in sandy nutrient poor soil? I want to plant along a fence to block the west sun that blasts my porch and outdoor seating area in the afternoon. Any suggestions for varieties and where to get them? I am in New Smyrna area. I dont have a ton of width (A few feet) between the fence and a small retaining where I want to put them, so more compact is probably better.
 04/22/2019 09:13 AM
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ofdphildo

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I planted Golden Goddess. Got my here. Beautifulbamboo.com.
 04/23/2019 04:30 AM
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palerider

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You could possibly do black or Hawaiian
Bamboo in a control growth scenario.
Also try coolaroo(sp?) out door shades
For your porch.

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Edited: 04/23/2019 at 04:35 AM by palerider
 04/23/2019 06:39 AM
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SurferMic

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We have Budda Belly, HI striped, Black and Timber bamboo, I would not suggest any of them, also are there any power lines above? How close are you planting to the fence? Stuff grows slow then takes off, ours went under the fence and then up into the power lines (Timber). FPL did not like this, it was up in the high voltage wire. It was trimmed but "Red" crew chief from FPL gave me a verbal lashing (which I deserved, wrong planting location) The others grew but was somewhat scraggly. I would do clumps of Areca Palms, grows faster, cheap, great shade easier to control and I think looks better.
 04/23/2019 05:38 PM
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wbsponger

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Thanks or all the info everybody. It is a narrow space between a retaining wall and neighbors viny lfence, 2-3 feet wide opening up to 5-6 as the retaining wall curves. I was wondering if these things would duck under the fence or try to come up under my stone retaining wall. Power lines not an issue, but still would be looking for something on the shorter end. I dont need a 50 ft tall plant.
 04/24/2019 10:46 AM
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ofdphildo

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The website I referenced has good info on lots of bamboo.
 04/26/2019 04:19 PM
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Karma

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I would seriously look into Bambusa Textilis var Gracilis. It's not the "prettiest" (vs. dendrocalamus minor amoenus, or bambusa lako, etc) but it sounds like the best fit for your needs/space. It's a tight clumping, straight growing, medium-small height and diameter bamboo. The leaves are smaller (I tend to prefer the large tropical leaves). I would also highly recommend you amend the soil with compost and make sure the area is irrigated. You can purchase cheap compost at one of the municipal waste places, such as Simply Organic in Melbourne. It's well worth the little extra work and cost, because you will get quicker results and the plants will look better overall for a long time. Annually I would feed them with some compost as well to keep them green and purdy.

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Edited: 04/26/2019 at 04:22 PM by Karma
 04/28/2019 06:58 PM
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wbsponger

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Originally posted by: Karma I would seriously look into Bambusa Textilis var Gracilis. It's not the "prettiest" (vs. dendrocalamus minor amoenus, or bambusa lako, etc) but it sounds like the best fit for your needs/space. It's a tight clumping, straight growing, medium-small height and diameter bamboo. The leaves are smaller (I tend to prefer the large tropical leaves). I would also highly recommend you amend the soil with compost and make sure the area is irrigated. You can purchase cheap compost at one of the municipal waste places, such as Simply Organic in Melbourne. It's well worth the little extra work and cost, because you will get quicker results and the plants will look better overall for a long time. Annually I would feed them with some compost as well to keep them green and purdy.
Went with Karmas suggestion based on its small footprint. Will see how it goes
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