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Bambщ is a very decorative plant, used in Europe mainly inside the apartments. Native to tropical regions, it reaches a height of about 15 meters in nature. The small apartment specimens are nothing more than a section of a larger plant, grown from a cutting obtained from a reed of the parent plant. The stems of the leaves, instead, are bamboo canes that will appear with the growth of the plant, taking on the appearance of what is the main stem.
The term Arundinaria anceps refers to one of the many types of bamboo found in nature, a rather simple genus to cultivate that belongs to the grass family, so it could be considered an herb. This genus usually develops up to about 8 meters in height.
The plants of Arundinaria anceps are, like all varieties of bamboo, very rustic and easily cultivable in the most diverse environments. The preferred position for optimal exposure is that which provides for a well-lit place in direct contact with the sun's rays; nevertheless, thanks to its extreme ease of adaptation, bamboo can be grown with satisfaction even in non-bright environments.
As already said the Arundinaria anceps, like all varieties of bamboo, is a hardy and resistant plant and for this reason it can also withstand periods of drought, but, in the summer season, it is good to supply water since this kind of plant prefers the damp soils, but avoiding stagnant water that can cause dangerous root rots. Watering in the spring and summer must be more abundant, taking care to always check that the water flows out.
The Arundinaria anceps has no particular needs in terms of soil thanks to its rusticity, although, the plant prefers soft, well-drained soils rich in organic substances that provide support for the rapid development of the plant. It is very easy to find bamboos near lakes or streams, where the soil has a higher humidity, even if water stagnation is dangerous for their health.
The bamboo plants multiply through the division of the rhizomes or by seed. Using this last technique, it will not be possible to be sure that the new plants have the same characteristics as the mother plant. Therefore, if you are not sure what the precise species of the seed is, it is better to proceed by cutting. In this case, the rhizomes should be taken in spring, dividing them into several parts, each of which must have a bud. They are then placed in a soil formed in equal parts by peat and sand. For the first time the pot must be kept in a shady place; after the appearance of the first buds it must be exposed in a brighter place and when the plants will have sufficient strength they can be transplanted into the final pot.
Arundinaria anceps: Pests and diseases
Arundinaria anceps plants are quite hardy and rustic and therefore hardly affected by diseases and pests. It is good to remember that unlike what we are used to observing in the varieties of plants that we have in the garden for which leaf replacement takes place with autumn, these plants lose their leaves in spring, so this is not a symptom of a disease.
It may happen that the bamboo is attacked by the cochineal or aphids, which is good to counter quickly and effectively. Another problem that can affect this variety is root rot, caused by excessive watering and too compact and poorly drained soil.