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Multiplex Bamboo

Cold Hardy Screen with a Tropical Feel

Size: 3-4 ft.

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Planting Mix
Multiplex Bamboo Planting Mix

Helps your Multiplex Bamboo get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1-2 bags of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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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 recommended for zones: 7-10
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It's Easy to Plant your Multiplex Bamboo

Specific Directions for Multiplex Bamboo

Plant in full sun in sandy to loamy soil with good drainage; if you have clay, you need a raised bed with generous amounts of sand and humus or compost worked in. Bamboo needs plenty of moisture, especially when young, so water every other day for the first month, and when it gets dry thereafter. Fertilize in spring and late summer with a slow release fertilizer. For a hedge, space your plants on 4- foot centers. They like a mulch, so leave the fallen foliage at the base of your plants and add a couple of inches of additional mulch each year.

Pruning: If you wish to keep your plants at a certain height, prune in late summer or fall. Once a part is cut, it will not grow back, which makes it easy to control the height of your plants. Cut at the height you wish, pruning just above the nearest node (the distinct line, often a little bulging, that divides the sections of the bamboo stem, or culm). You will need to prune each year, as new shoots emerge annually. Remove dead stems on an annual basis.

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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So far, so good.
Got them just as really cold weather set in, but they settled nicely into large pots in front of my house and even added some leaves.

I will be better able to tell once spring comes whether they are fast growing or not, but boy they sure are tough right now. I'm pleased with them so far... will try to return here next spring and give an update.
December 30, 2014
Arley, AL, US
1 year ago
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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.
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.
How big a pot do I need for a three gallon that I do not want to transplant for at least several years? It will be outdoors in zone 8.
Diane D on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We would recommend a container that is 18-24 inches in diameter. This should allow your Bamboo to thrive for 3-4 years without transplanting.
can i keep the height trimmed to 6 - 7 feet ?
david b on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can... the Multiplex Bamboo reacts very well to occasional trimmings.
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
BEST ANSWER: These are clumping so they should not run. If you plant them in a large enough pot they could get to 20ft tall.
Is Hedge bamboo an evergreen?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Multiplex Bamboo is evergreen.
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.
Will this plant grow in a shady area? What are the planting requirements?
Gerry E on Apr 19, 2015
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: The brick wall will be fine. I would plant it about three feet away from it.
do the stalks remain green all year round?
Monica R on Mar 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will keep their color throughout the year.
If I ordered 10 of the multiplex bamboo how much would it be and how tall are the plants that upon receiving? I live in Victoria B.C. Canada. Is there any duty or any other expenses? I'm assuming the price would be in U.S. Dollars.
Thanks. Brenda Hodgson
Brenda on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They come about 4 feet tall. As far as shipment I do not know Canada will charge shippers more for its live plants.
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.
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.
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.

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