7/13/10

GOLDEN GODDESS BAMBOO Bambusa multiplex golden goddess


This delicate-leafed hedge bamboo is a great choice for a smaller lot.  It also works well as a container plant for patios or poolside planting.  Golden Goddess can tolerate winter temperatures that dip for short periods of time into the high teens, making it a good choice for people living in Zone 8 - 10.


If planted 4' to 6' apart in rich soil that's watered and fertilized regularly, this semi-dwarf (6' to 12' tall) bamboo with 1/4" to 1/2" canes will form a solid wall of green by the end of its first growing season.


Our daughter Jenny stands in front of a 4-year-old clump of Golden Goddess that shows off the bamboo's distinctively round, fluffy shape.  

Even though Golden Goddess tends to grow in what I call a "snowball" shape, it is easily pruned to take the form of whatever shape works best in the landscape.  The line of Golden Goddess below demonstrates how nicely Golden Goddess can be pruned to create a short squared off hedge.


We offer Golden Goddess in 3-gal, 7-gal and 15-gal size containers.  Even in 3-gal containers, Bambusa multiplex golden goddess is already quite tall and has multiple canes as Ralph demonstrates in the photo below:


A closeup shot shows the size of this bamboo's canes.  Golden Goddess culms are small but plentiful.  They rarely get larger than 1/2" diameter.




 

55 comments:

  1. very nice photographs and info about multiplex. I am using liberally bamboos and bamboo grass in my landscape projects.

    H S Bedekar
    Bamboo Worker, Pune India

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  2. Our landscaper proposed Golden Goddess Bamboo for our backyard project. We were concerned about how it would look so we really appreciate your photos.

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  3. i am for certain to by the tree from this place and place to the hole tomorrrow. it grow by tuesday and blooming to

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  4. Can these grow in Seattle, Washington?

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    1. Golden Goddess is in the multiplex family of bamboos which is one most cold-tolerant varieties of clumping bamboos. I have seen multiplex bamboos growing in Seattle. It may not grow as quickly in Seattle as it would in a warmer location but it should still do fine.

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  5. How much water should a bamboo plant get in a 7gallon container

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    1. Assuming the container has adequate drainage, you can't overwater your bamboo. Bamboos like water and respond well to frequent (daily) irrigation if they are in containers. The best way to judge how much water the bamboo needs is to watch its leaves. If they remain flat they are getting the right amount of moisture. If they begin to curl up, they are not getting enough. Give more water and the leaves will unfurl.

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  6. what does it mean if the tips are turning brown?

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    1. It could just be the normal aging of leaves as they mature, however if the leaves begin to curl upward that would indicate that the bamboo needs more water. Bamboo leaves age and fall off throughout the year. As one leaf browns and eventually drops to the ground, new leaves will be forming to take its place.

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  7. There is a potted plant in the hotel lobby I work at that I believe to be a variety of bamboo, I'm hoping to be able to identify it so that it may receive proper care. What should I look for as identifying factors?

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    1. Best way to ID a bamboo is to send pictures of its leaves, canes and overall appearance. If you are unable to do that, general rule is to give a potted bamboo adequate sunlight, water and fertilize with a high-nitrogen time-release fertilizer. It is also important that the container is large enough to accommodate the bamboo as it grows.

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  8. How how can these be propagated?

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  9. will trimming the bamboo help it grow taller faster

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    1. No, trimming will not make bamboo grow taller faster. What will help, however, is removing the old, smaller diameter canes to let in more sun as well adding top dressings of compost or other high nitrogen amendments and making sure your bamboo has adequate water and regular fertilizer.

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    2. will trimming help the plant get thicker? Mind are thinning out but still growing, would love for them to replace the fallen stems with new ones,which I thought would happen anyway, but if trimming would help I would so so. Thks in advance.

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    3. You may trim the tops of the bamboo. This will force leafing in the lower portions. Keep in mind, these trimmed canes will not get any taller. New canes will pass up the trimmed ones. You may also trim out any old, dead, or weak canes.
      It is a good idea to apply a high nitrogen fertilizer 2 or 3 times a year. Any high nitrogen fertilizer will do. Just make sure it does not contain any herbicides. It should not be labeled "weed and feed". We use 18-6-8, which is available at Beautiful Bamboo.

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  10. will trimming help the bamboo grow faster?

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    1. Trimming won't hurt bamboo but it also won't help the plant grow faster.

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  11. I am looking to establish a hedge in lieu of a fence. I don't want a towering hedge, however. Is this the best bamboo for the task? Also, how far from the property line and what sort of pruning should I consider to keep it from disturbing my neighbor? Your help is greatly appreciated!

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    1. Golden Goddess is the perfect bamboo to provide a compact living fence as long as you live in a mild climate where temperatures don't go below 15 degrees. If that's the case, then we suggest starting with 3-gallon size plants and planting them six feet apart and about three feet away from your fenceline. You won't need to prune Golden Goddess at all unless you want to shape it a certain way. Golden Goddess is one of our clumping, NON-invasive bamboos and will not disturb your neighbor by popping up on his property. It is well behaved and stays where you plant it with the circle of bamboo growing larger each year, much in the same way a tree's trunk gets bigger annually.

      If you live in a climate where you have colder weather, you might want to consider one of our running bamboos. Unlike most clumpers, which are tropical bamboo, running bamboos do well in colder climates.

      If you would like more information, please call the nursery or come by to visit. You can reach us at 352-429-2425 and we can also provide pricing and shipping costs.

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  12. This website contains great information. How often should I fertilize Golden Goddess Bamboo? Thanks!

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    1. If you are referring to a chemical fertilizer, we recommend using a high-nitrogen time-release formula. The one we apply to our plants and which we sell and ship to customers is a 6-month formula with a 18-6-8 composition.

      If you are referring to organic fertilizers, you can apply compost, manure, mulch or top dressings of soil as frequently as you like. Bamboos love organic material. Adding organic matter around the base of the plant helps the root system of your Golden Goddess develop and stronger roots result in more top growth.

      Btw, it is not a one or the other situation. If you are going the chemical route and using a time-release formula, you can still add organic material anytime you have access to it.

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  13. What is the best way to trim Golden Goddess Bamboo that has now become too thick and too wide for the space alone my fence. My intention was to create a privacy screen along my fence line. One year later, it has gone crazy!! Can you help with ideas of how to shape or hedge the bamboo without it looking like I butchered it? Should I use an electric hedger? Any ideas or additional pictures would be helpful. Thanks!

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  14. You can use an electric hedger or even hand-held loppers (clippers) to trim the bamboo down at the base along the outer edges. Additionally, you can trim the tops and sides to prune your hedge into any shape you desire. See the photo above of the hedge in the parking area to get an idea of how to trim/shape it. Send a picture of your hedge so we can see how it looks. Doing so will help us advise.

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  15. I live in tx ,planning to throw in golden goddess bamboo as privacy screen ... can I plant this in ground. Or is it better to grow in pots...scared about this growing uncontrollably ..I have a relatively short back yard

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  16. You don't need to worry about Golden Goddess growing out of control because it is a Clumping bamboo, which means it is not invasive. Given good soil and regular water, it should provide a fast-growing dense privacy screen for your yard. Golden Goddess is a good choice for a small back yard due to its small diameter canes, dense growth pattern and relatively small height compared to other clumping bamboos. If you would like us to ship plants to you, please contact the nursery at 352-429-2425 for a quote.

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  17. Love your photographs, and, the explaining, my problem solved! my neighbor will be pleased, a win win for privacy Thank you!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Jacqueline. With bamboo, your problem shall soon be solved.

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  18. I recently bought a house in St. Petersburg, FL and I have a screened in patio that looks right at my neighbors house and bedroom windows. I was wanting to plant some bamboo (I'm thinking Golden Goddess) just outside the screened in patio to provide some privacy to me and my guests when on the patio, will Golden Goddess work for that? How far away from my house should I plant it? I also don't want anything that gets too tall that I can't manage it. I was also looking at Tiny Fernleaf Bamboo. What would you suggest? The area is partly shady in the morning and gets full sun in the afternoons.

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    1. Sara,
      The golden goddess or lady finger would both make nice screens that are not too tall. Both would be very easy to manage and trim if you would like to. The golden goddess is narrow at the bottom and widens out at the top. For this reason, I would plant at least 2.5' from the house. You could go closer and keep it trimmed. The lady finger will be a little more up right with a slightly larger leaf.
      If possible, I recommend visiting the nursery to see full grown plants in person. This way you will know exactly what to expect. We are open Monday-Saturday from 8-4. Other hours are available by appointment. We are at 18404 S.R. 19, Groveland 34736.

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  19. I have 2 feet of width behind pergola - can I plant bambusa golden goddess

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    1. You may plant the golden goddess in a small space, but it will require some upkeep. Due to the "V" shape of the plant, you may need to do some trimming. This is done easily with hedge trimmers.
      If you would like a more upright plant, the lady finger is a good choice.

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  20. how salt tolerant are Golden Goddess and Willowy bamboo?

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    1. Bamboo can be grown near salt water, although it should not be in an area where salt water will flood it. A good rule of thumb, is about 100 yards away. It may experience some leaf drop in extreme storms with the salt spray.

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  21. Although it is beautiful, we were told initially the Golden Goddess Bamboo was non-invasive. It has, however, invaded our landscaping and is now popping up in our lawn. My husband managed to removed both large plants (in sections) which flanked our fountain. Now attempting to manage and control the roots which are quite deep and affecting our water lines. Perhaps these should have been container plants to begin with.

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    1. The golden goddess is a clumping, non-invasive bamboo. It is not a running bamboo which will send shoots up several feet from the plant. They will, however, continue to send up shoots on the perimeter of the plant through the growing season. The plants will continually get larger in diameter. To control this, simply knock over any new canes on the perimeter as they pop up. If you have canes that are coming up at a great distance from the plant, it may be a different variety of plant. I will be happy to help if you would like to send pictures to my email jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

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  22. I'm in central florida and would like to plant a thin row of bamboo to grow as a privacy wall so that the upstairs neighbors behind me cant see into my yard, and so that I cant see into their windows. I'd like to keep it 6 feet thick at most but at least 10' tall if not 12'-15'. Would Golden goddess be a sufficient bamboo here or will it possibly not get tall enough?

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    1. Chris,
      You can keep the golden goddess in a narrow space by keeping the sides trimmed. You may, however, find the graceful to be a better fit for your space. It will reach the height needed to cover a second story window. It also, is a more upright plant and will not require too much trimming to keep in a narrow space.

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  23. I am looking for a non invasive bamboo to line my existing 6 ft privacy fence. I would like it to grow 8 to 10 feet tall and line a distance of 80 linear feet. What would work best. Thanks

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    1. Which bamboo to use will depend on your location. If you are here in Central Florida, the golden goddess, lady finger, or dwarf variegated Malay could all work. They will grow a little taller, about 12', but can be easily trimmed shorter.
      Please feel free to contact us at the nursery for more information (352)429-2425 or jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

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  24. I have a area that I want to cover for Privatize,but the drainage is not good there what kind of bamboo would work if any

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    1. All of the clumping bamboo is going to want good draining soil. It does not like to have wet feet. In areas where this is an issue, mounding the plants up may be helpful.

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  25. Hi I have about 10 golden goddess in the backyard. 5 on the west side and 5 on the east side. The one on the west side seems to be doing great with healthy green leafs and all....but the ones on the east side, the first and last bush are doing fine but the 3 in the middle have lots of yellow leafs year round and one of them seem to be stunted in growth.

    I've given them lots of water, fertilizer, iron and even with all the rain we recently had here in Southern California, they're still yellow. Some leaves are drying up too.

    Not sure what to do. Can too much sun cause the yellowing? Thanks

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    1. Something is most likely different in the growing conditions of the middle 3. It could be the soil is holding more or less water than in the other plants. I would check for even distribution of water among the plants. It is possible they just need a little extra care to catch up to the others.

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  26. I have recently transplanted golden goddess I have provided fertilized soil along with sum miracle grow. They have been planted for 2.5wks and will not turn green I water each bundle every day How can I get the bamboo to turn green again the leaves have not dropped, sum stalks are green when watered. Concerned about losing the bamboo. Please advise. Thank you

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    1. Please send pictures to jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com We will take a look and see if we can help you.

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  27. Hi. I have a bunch of golden goddess bamboo plants along my fence. They have been planted about a year now. I noticed the last few months the tiny branches where the leaves and stems shoot out from the stalks have this black stuff on them. Kinda mold looking, but dry. The plants are a little thinner, but we're just getting back into the warmer season. I noticed a lot of bees and wasps in them, and sprayed pesticide to get rid of them recently. Could they be causing it? Or is it normal to happen on this type of bamboo?

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    1. Occasionally, the multi plex plants will get meally bugs. Their excretions will cause the sooty mold you are seeing in the joints. Ants and bees may feed on this mold. The best way to get rid of it is to kill the mealy bugs. It is best to not spray the bamboo, as most sprays contain an oil that will burn the leaves. We prefer Bayer Tree and Shrub with Merit. It is a granular applied under the bamboo. It will kill the insects as they feed. The sooty mold will where off as the insects die.
      It is important to note, the sooty mold and mealy bugs will not damage the bamboo. If you do not treat, it is a purely cosmetic issue.

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  28. Can you tell me about how long a clump of golden goddess can live? I like an evergreen hedge but never liked the look of older clumps that are filled with dead canes.
    I also would like to know if there is a minimum height these can be cut. My mother has 11 of these and decided to chop them 2 or 3 feet tall. 2 years later there has been a lot of new growth but all of the short canes are completely dead.
    I already have a lot in my own yard but would like to know a little more before adding to it.

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    1. There is no reason why a clump of golden goddess should die with proper care. They should be thinned out every year or two. All the dead and ugly canes can be cut down to the ground. Individual canes on a healthy plant will live 7-12 years. It is natural for some to die out and be replaced with new growth.
      As far as trimming goes, they should never be trimmed more than 1/3 of their height. Also, once a cane is cut, it will no longer grow. Canes should be leafing out before trimming.
      Please contact us at the nursery for more information 352-429-2425 or jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

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  29. I have a distance of about 6 ft from my back fence to pool deck screen, the fence itself is the 3.5-4ft tall chain link. I was thinking of planting the golden goddess along the perimeter fence to create some privacy and also because of its shorter height (10-12ft max?) since there is a power line about 15-20ft tall above. My questions are: since the fence is so short, I'm afraid it won't contain the spread and shape of the bamboo onto my neighbors side and create a new yard responsibility for them (trimming it, etc..) am I right?
    Also, this is in in south Florida, I've noticed bamboos tend to loose their leaves a lot and make a leaf bed around, is this the case with this species?
    Lastly, I don't want to be constantly having to trim it and have it grow more at its natural shape, will I basically have to force my way through my 6ft walking space? With that said, how far off the fence should they be planted and spaced in between. I plan on starting with 3GL.

    Thanks

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    1. With this narrow space, you may want to consider our lady finger bamboo. It grow to about 12' tall with a .5" cane. It is a bit more upright than the golden goddess, which would mean less trimming.
      Please feel free to contact us at the nursery for more information 352-429-2425 or jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com

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  30. I live in the Bay Area, CA. I have four 5-gallon Golden Goddess plants with southern exposure and on a drip irrigation. They were planted last Oct and now it's July and they don't seem to have grown at all. I planted them for a privacy screen and they are still only 4 ft tall. I fertilized yesterday so I hope that will help-any advice? I'm tempted to yank them out but hate to waste the money.

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    1. It is unusual for the plants to not have any growth in that time frame, and there may be a combination of factors playing into this such as drainage, soil conditions, etc.
      If you email us some pictures of the struggling plants at jennifer@beautifulbamboo.com, we will be better able to help you figure out the best solution.

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