Originally posted 4-28-09
Can This Bamboo Plant Be Saved?Here is North Central Florida, we had an unusually cold winter, with several nights in a row below 20 degrees. Looks like our bamboo plants we have been trying to grow for shade were seriously damaged. The finaly blow was a late frost just before Easter that killed the small shoots that were just trying to emerge.
This is what we're left with:
Pretty sad, huh?
All is Not LostUpon closer inspection, you can see the bamboo plant isn't completely dead. There's a little green still left at the bottom of a stalk:
Is there enough life to survive? Hopefully, there's a healthy root system still there and all the bamboo needs is a little help. Maybe an application of worm castings, a little extra nitrogen (coffee grounds act as a seed meal), and a healthy dose of microbes will do the trick.
I'm pulling back the mulch, adding a couple of handfuls Pure Black Castings and some coffee grounds for good measure, wetting down with a 1:20 VermaPlex/water mixture, crossing my fingers, and praying.
We'll check back in a few days to see if there's any progress.
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Organic Fertilizer Information: Find use/application guides at Monroe Works