Fargesia Rufa (non-invasive bamboo)
Fargesia Rufa is a medium-sized bamboo (height 60 cm to 3 metres) and is a very much sought after plant with good reason. It looks simply stunning with its bushy appearance and fresh green leaves. The stems start out red and later change colour to olive green. The culms turn from reddish brown to light yellow and start to droop. And an added benefit is that this bamboo is non-invasive. So you don’t need to worry that the roots will spread throughout your garden or beneath any paved areas. Having a bamboo plant in your garden always adds that something extra. An eastern twist certainly, but the rustle of the leaves is also really calming.
- If you prefer a low or narrow hedge, we advise against buying Fargesia Rufa. These are meant for high hedges as they can become between two and three metres high and one metre wide. To ensure you have a low and narrow hedge, buy a different hedging plant.
- Rufa isn’t fussy about the type of soil in your garden. But do make sure that the soil is well-drained and humus-rich.
- As we’ve already mentioned, this bamboo plant prefers standing soil that is damp, but not too wet. Our tip for you is to give the bamboo plenty of water each time (and not too often) instead of watering a little every day.
Advice and Care
As you’ve read, it’s not necessary to prune your Fargesia Rufa. If you do want to do this, prune your plant in May or June and again in August.
Fargesia Rufa likes moist soil. So make sure you give the root ball a good drenching before planting your bamboo in the soil. You should then keep the soil moist. But it shouldn’t be too wet as this bamboo doesn’t like constantly wet feet. If there’s hardly any or no rain, you should definitely water your plant regularly.
Fargesia Rufa can be planted in many types of soil. But do make sure that the soil is humus-rich. Mix garden compost through the soil before planting your bamboo. You can also feed your plant with organic fertilizer.
Treating common bamboo problems
What luck. Fargesia Rufa is not or hardly sensitive to mould, disease or pests. It’s an extremely healthy plant.