Buddha's Belly True (Bambusa Ventricosa)
Buddha's Belly True (Bambusa Ventricosa) bamboo was named for the plant's characteristic tendency to have bulging culms, or to 'belly out'.
Decorative poles makes for a great feature plant. When stressed the lower internodes become short and swollen like a Buddha's belly and are valued for their furniture making and decorative uses. Dark green culms turn gold when mature. Well suited as a potted or bonsai variety. Grows well in poor soil dry areas for wind break or creek erosion.
Suitable as a bonsai variety. Makes an impenetrable hedge. Leaves are high protein fodder.
|FULL NAME:||BUDDHA'S BELLY
|HEIGHT WHEN MATURE:||6-8m|
|POLE DIAMETER MATURE:||5cm|
|LEAF FORMATION:||Bushy at top, culms visible at bottom 1/3|
|SUGGESTED PLANTING DISTANCE:||1.5m between plants|
|LANDSCAPE OPTIONS:||Screen, windbreak, feature plant|
|KNOWN FOR:||Bulbous internodes - grow bigger bulbs when stressed|
|OK FOR POTS?||✓ Does well in pots, and if stressed can become more bulbous|
|BEST CLIMATE:||Full sun to part shade|
|TEMPERATURE RANGE:||to -4°C|
|WATERING:||Every other day for first month until established.|
|OPTIMIM FEEDING:||Twice a year (Spring & Autumn) - suggested Osmocote slow release 6mth|
|BEST SOIL:||Free draining soils with good organics turned over. Can mulch with a leaf litter (not tea tree). If soil is sand mix in organic matter. If clay mounding is recommended.|
|SHIPMENT OPTIONS:||200mm pots - can fit up to 6 in a special plant box.
300mm & 45L bags need to be trucked in, see our freight information page for approx pricing and delivery schedules.