When should I plant Black Bamboo hedging?
The best time to plant Black Bamboo is at the beginning of spring.
How far apart do you plant Black Bamboo plants?
You should plant around 3ft (90cm) apart. This is because the plants need a lot of space to be able to spread out nicely and effectively.
How to plant Black Bamboo:
First, dig a hole that's around twice as wide and deep as the plant's root mass. Work in some compost/manure into the soil, and then add around 1/3 of grit (but only if the soil is rather heavy). Ensure you leave a decent layer of compost at the bottom, and that the plant's root ball is slightly lower than the surface (so that a little backfilling soil can be placed on top of original soil).̴Ì?
Before planting, ensuring that any heavily pot bound roots are spread out. Give the root ball a good soaking, preferably by soaking in a large tub of water for 20 minutes. This helps to thoroughly moisten the root ball. Backfill the hole with excess soil and press down lightly to secure the plant. Fertiliser is not recommended for Black Bamboo.
Ensure you finally give it a thorough watering, to remove any air pockets, and add a layer of mulch (i.e. compost/hay/grass/manure/leaf mould). Continue to water well throughout its first 2 years after planting - around 2-3 times per week is best.