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Borinda yunnanensis (= Fargesia yunnanensis)

This beautiful and vigorous bamboo is variously placed in the genera Fargesia, Yushania, Borinda and Sinarundinaria. It is native to montane forests between 1700 and 2500 m (5600 and 8200 ft.) in southwestern Sichuan and in Yunnan, China. Its robust, clustering culms can reach a height of 7 or 10 m (23 or 33 ft.) and a diameter of up to 6 cm (2.5 in.) and have persistent, leathery sheaths with stunning purple stripes. The leaves are long, narrow and deep green. A fabulous and easy ornamental for cool and warm temperate regions. It is unharmed by moderate to severe freezes. The young shooths are edible and of excellent quality.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
My first attempt to grow bamboo from seed so pleased it went so well. Normal seed compost with about 50% combined vermiculite and sharp sand added. Soaked seeds in tepid water for 2 days and kept compost pretty wet. Placed them in incubator with bottom heat. They started to germinate in about 10 days. So far ( 1 month ) only about 20% have germinated so hopefully more to come.
Submitted on 14/02/2012 by Ian Jardine

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
In spring I soaked the seeds for a day or so in tap water and then poked them down into moist peat in a plastic container indoors. They started to germinate in about a week and kept germinating for maybe an additional week. I took the lid off of the container as they began to sprout and put the whole thing inside a plastic oven bag. I opened the bag to air it out and to occasionally mist gently. When they seemed to be getting too "leggy" I transplanted them to small pots outside in deep shade. The few that I put in one gallon containers did far better and had three small shoots of up to a foot by fall. They seemed to take the heat of summer just fine outdoors even in pots. Out of 100 seeds (probably many more in the packet) I got 55 to germinate.
Submitted on 01/12/2010 by Rob Garren

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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