Monday, December 7, 2009

Snow in the Bamboo Jungle

A huge storm packed the foothills with snow last night. The snowfall has made for some very unique photo opportunities in the Jungle Supply Bamboo Garden. We were surprised to find some of our tall bamboo plants to be leaning over because of the weight of the snow. Although bamboo does well with strong winds from the side, the extra weight of the snow caused the plants caused the plants to lean over. This storm has reminded us of the importance of ‘winter timing’ when planting bamboo. Any bamboo planted within the last several months is vulnerable to this extreme weather. Check out some tips about cultivating bamboo here.

The bamboo in the above picture is Phyllostachys bambusoides, aka Japanese Timber. It is cold hardy to temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C), so it will easily survive this weather. Young bamboo plants or tropical species might not be so lucky.

These pictures were taken in Newcastle, California. An area that only sees snow every 5 years or so, but rarely to this magnitude. We send out best wishes to everyone in the area who has been affected by the snow storms.


Ryan said...

wild weather, looks like you have your hands fullv

peter said...

if you are looking for more information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is a detailed and interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at which allow you to locate your USDA zone based on zipcode or city.

Complete Bamboo said...

Thanks for the post peter. You can also learn about hardiness zones and how they relate to bamboo at