Fargesia is a variety of clumping bamboo that tolerates cold temperatures. It grows 6 to 16 feet tall and 4 to 10 feet wide. It has arching culms, or stems, that form a fountain of foliage. The culms range in color from olive green to yellow green.
Fargesia bamboo can be planted any time where winter temperatures are mild. It should be planted in late spring to early summer in areas with cold winter temperatures. This will allow the plant time to get established.
Buy a Fargesia bamboo plant from a nursery, either locally or online. See Resources for some online suppliers. Keep the bamboo in a partially shady to shady area until you are ready to plant it. Use a water hose to thoroughly soak the root ball before planting.
Choose a location in full sun to partial shade with well drained, humus-rich soil. Use a shovel to dig a hole twice as wide and a few inches deeper than the root ball of the bamboo.
Mix the soil from the hole with an equal amount of organic compost. Use your hands or a garden rake. Spread a few inches of the soil/compost mix in the bottom of the planting hole.
Set the bamboo in the planting hole at the same depth as it was in the soil in the pot. Push the soil/compost mix into the hole around the root ball with your hands. Tamp the soil down firmly around the bamboo. Do not mound the soil around the culms of the bamboo. Spread the excess soil/compost mix around the plant.
Spread a layer of mulch 4 to 6 inches deep around the bamboo. Do not mound the mulch around the culms.
Water the bamboo deeply and spray the foliage three or four times a week for the first month. Continue watering deeply during the first year. D not allow the plant to dry out.