Plant of the Month: Alphonse Karr Bamboo

Hannah Mitchell

April 20, 2021

Alphonse Karr Bamboo standing in the yard

The beautiful Alphonse Karr Bamboo is an adaptable and versatile plant, unique and easy to maintain. Thriving in hot climates and full to partial sun, this clumping bamboo is perfect for Florida landscaping. Requiring minimal care, Alphonse Karr grows well in many different ways from acting as a screen or a hedge, to becoming a centerpiece in a pot or container.  Alphonse Karr Bamboo has thin, vibrant, yellow and green striped canes, that appear green and pink when young. The clumping style of this bamboo allows its culms to grow in compact, symmetrical circles, surrounded by bushy foliage. The closer together they are planted, the thicker a screen the bamboos will provide. Hardy and strong, they also grow extremely tall, from 8-12 feet as a potted plant, to 25 feet in dry conditions, to 55 feet with water and fertilizer.  

More Alphonse Karr Bamboo standing in the yard

While bamboo can often take over a landscape, Alphonse Karr is a wonderful option because it is of the clumping variety. This means it still grows quickly, but isn't invasive, unlike running bamboo can be. All it takes is a little maintenance and the proper precautions to ensure this plant is a beautiful and manageable addition to your landscape. It's also pet-friendly! Talk to the friendly professionals at LawnMore to see where Alphonse Karr works best in your landscape. Our experts will be happy to advise you on the maintenance and installation of this wonderful and exotic bamboo!To care for Alphonse Karr, more attention is needed for the first few years. This ensures the bamboos will be well-established. They are drought-resistant once established, but in the beginning, they should be watered regularly, at least once a week. Pruning also assists the maturity of these plants; removing aging or dead culms helps the bamboos redirect their energy to stronger growth. Fertilizer can help as well, especially in the spring. Learn more about fertilizing Alphonse Karr here.  

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