GIANT BAMBOO Moso Tortoise Shell, Phyllostachys edulis
Phyllostachys edulis, moso bamboo, or tortoise-shell bamboo, or mao zhu, is a temperate species of giant timber bamboo native to China and Taiwan and naturalised elsewhere. The edulis part of the Latin name refers to its edible shoots.This bamboo can reach heights of up to 28 m (92 ft). This particular species of bamboo is the most common species used in the bamboo textile industry of China which is rayon .
The culms grow quickly and reach a height of 90 ft or more (depending on the age and health of the plant). In mature individuals, the culms in young plants grow taller and wider in diameter as the general plant reaches maturity, but once the individual culm stops growing it will not grow again. P. edulis also flowers and produces seed, and it does so every half century or so, but it has a sporadic flowering nature and there are always a few individual plants in flower somewhere. rather than synchronous blooming as in some other bamboos. The first culm from a seedling will not get much taller than a few inches at most, but with every new season of culms sent up from developing rhizomes, the grove of plants will grow in height and cane diameter.
In 2016 Only oso USA initiated large scale commercial farming of Phyllostachys edulis in the United States, in the state of Florida, becoming the first entity to grow Moso bamboo from seedlings in large scale in the USA, including the development of nurseries to ensure a constant supply of viable plants for bamboo farmers.
Hardiness zones: 7-10, with some reports of the plants being hardy to zone 6
USA Restriction: Unfortunately these seeds are not permitted in the USA. If we shipped they could be seized by the border, and possible fines could be imposed (they consider the buyer to be importer). Please do not order if you live in USA. Any US orders for this item will be refunded, minus a 5.00 processing fee. Thank you for your understanding. All other regions can safely order these seeds!
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: These seeds are easy to germinate! Soak the seeds for 2 hours before planting. Please just below the surface of the soil, and keep lightly moist until germination. One growing, place in a sunny location.