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Multiplex Bamboo

Cold Hardy Screen with a Tropical Feel

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What's thick and spreads and survives 20 degree temperatures? It’s the multiplex bamboo: A cold hardy, sub-tropical variety that will provide you with a lush, unique screen in no time. 

Nicknamed Hedge Bamboo, Multiplex is aptly named. Once planted, this species is a fast grower that will offer a dense living wall capable of reaching heights of up to 30 feet in less than 2 years. 

Among its many advantages, Multiplex is not dependent on much outside help aside from ensuring proper soil moisture and protection from high winds. It tolerates full sun well and will actually thrive on it. 

The yellowish-green leaved multiplex is perfect for creating a backyard perimeter with a secluded, tropical feel. A versatile plant, it can be easily grown in containers to help you transform your deck or patio into an island retreat. 

Get next year’s screen growing soon by ordering your Multiplex Bamboo today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 4-6 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Bambusa multiplex
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-10
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It's Easy to Plant your Multiplex Bamboo


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Multiplex Bamboo.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Multiplex Bamboo gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Multiplex Bamboo again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Are all of your bamboo plants non-invasive?
DeAnne C on May 31, 2014
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Best Answer: I bought 3 multiplex bamboo and they are noninvasive. I purchased the multiplex because it was recommended to me by the director of our botanical gardens as being noninvasive.
Reply · Report · elizabeth w on May 31, 2014
When planning to use as a privacy fence and wind barrier, how much area/feet would a 3 gallon bamboo plant fill?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2014
Best Answer: The Multiplex Bamboo gets about 4 to 6 feet wide. For a privacy screen I would recommend planting a few about 2 to 3 feet apart.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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When is it a good time to plant this tree in northern California?
treelover on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant the Multiplex Bamboo is in the early Spring or early Fall. If temperatures aren't scorching hot, in the 90's or above then it will be fine to go ahead and plant now.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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do I have to dig a trench in front of these to keep them from taking over the yard? If I keep them in a large pot will it contain the roots but, not allow them to get 20' high?
Chris K on Nov 1, 2014
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how thick do the stalks of these bamboos get?
Ed F on Aug 8, 2014
Best Answer: This type of bamboo is more bushy like than big thick bamboo. The stalks don't get real big. I planted my small 6 plants for a privacy screen in March 2013. The growth has been amazing!!! Highly recommend them.
Reply · Report · Shari K on Aug 9, 2014
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I need a clumping bamboo that will get at least 12-15 feet tall, handle the cold of zone 7b and the heat of the Southeast, and a variety of sun conditions from dappled shade to partial afternoon sun. My Alphonse Karrs did not make it through last winter here in Charlotte, NC, Fargesias sounded so promising but have been advised that it's too hot and humid here for them. So far the colder hardier multiplexes don't seem tall enough. Will this one really work for me?
John H on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: I planted mine last spring in a very large container. It took off and did very well throughout the summer and fall, in various sun conditions (shade/dappled shade in the morning, sun in the afternoon), but unfortunately did not make it through the winter (which was unusually cold for Brooklyn, NY).
Reply · Report · Lana P on Jul 9, 2014
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I have about a 100 foot length I want to as a privacy screen with bamboo. How many 3 gallon pots will I need?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: The Mulitplex Bamboo spreads about 4 to 6 feet apart, so depending on how close you're planning on planting these we would suggest about 25.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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When is the best time to plant in zone 5-6? If I plant them early fall will they winter over? Thank you
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant in zone 5 - 6 is in the early Fall or early Spring. If you plant them in the early Fall they'll definitely winter over. If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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What about the roots? The spot where we need to plant it is close to the brick wall. Can it be damaged?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: My bamboo are planted in pots and doing great
Reply · Report · Mary M on Jul 18, 2014
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Is Hedge bamboo an evergreen?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: The Multiplex Bamboo is evergreen.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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How tall are they when they are delivered?
Steven on Aug 10, 2014
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Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





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