Buddha's Belly Greater or Giant (Vulgaris cv Wamin)
A larger and even more beautiful giant Buddha's Belly type bamboo. Verdant/deep green with long narrow leaves, the large diameter poles/culms develop a spectacular bulging form on the lower two or three metres of the culms accentuated by the absence of lower leaf growth.
Harsh conditions cause more spectacular distorted foreshortened internodes.
Typically, Bambusa Ventricosa and all of its types grow straight or in zig-zagging culms. In order to achieve the Buddha Belly characteristic of it, this plant needs to be carefully stressed for water. In fact, many people have made an art form of carefully starving their Buddha Belly bamboo for water in order to achieve supreme bellies.
Very bitter edible shoots somewhat similar in shape to B vulgaris.
|FULL NAME:||GREATER BUDDHA'S BELLY
Bambusa Vulgaris cv Wamin
|HEIGHT WHEN MATURE:||5-8m|
|POLE DIAMETER MATURE:||12cm|
|SHAPE:||Upright with irregular random form|
|LEAF FORMATION:||Bushy at top, culms visible at bottom 1/3|
|SUGGESTED PLANTING DISTANCE:||1.5m between plants|
|LANDSCAPE OPTIONS:||Screen, windbreak, edible shoots|
|KNOWN FOR:||Large culms that grow out sporatic forming a unique bamboo feature|
|OK FOR POTS?||Prefers to be in the ground. Try the Buddha's Belly True variety (Bambusa Ventricosa) if you want to put it in a pot|
|BEST CLIMATE:||Full sun to part shade|
|TEMPERATURE RANGE:||to -2°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.