Indocalamus latifolius -
|Range:||E. Asia - E. China.|
The flowers from this plant are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and they are pollinated by Wind
Soil InformationIndocalamus latifolius will grow in light (sandy),medium (loamy),hard (clay) soil. It is not necessary for the soil to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH / acid levels :
- pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
- pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
- pH greater than 8, Basic soils
Indocalamus latifolius prefers moist soils
Ideal Planting Locations
Elevations below 1000m.
Planting places suited to this plant described below.
- Grows within a woodland garden
- Works within dappled Shade
- Grows in a shady edge
Cultivation DetailsRequires a good humus rich loam with ample moisture in the growing season. Prefers partial shade, growing well in thin woodland. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c. The rootstock is running and plants can be invasive. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus. Plants only flower at intervals of many years. When they do come into flower most of the plants energies are directed into producing seed and consequently the plant is severely weakened. They sometimes die after flowering, but if left alone they will usually recover though they will look very poorly for a few years. If fed with artificial NPK fertilizers at this time the plants are more likely to die.
Edible Uses** See disclaimer
Edible Rating: 0/5
Medicinal Uses** See disclaimer
Medicinal Rating: 0/5
PropagationSeed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse at about 20°c. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination usually takes place fairly quickly so long as the seed is of good quality, though it can take 3 - 6 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a lightly shaded place in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out (which could be a few years). Seed of this species is rarely available. Division in spring as the plant comes into growth. Take divisions with at least three canes in the clump, trying to cause as little root disturbance to the main plant as possible. Grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse in pots of a high fertility sandy medium. Mist the foliage regularly until plants are established. Plant them out into their permanent positions when a good root system has developed, which can take a year or more.
Known HazardsNone known
Other UsesThe canes are used for making Chinese brushes, chopsticks etc. The large leaves are used for mantles. (does this mean some sort of headwear?)
- Weaving - Items such as grass and palm leaves that are woven together for making mats, baskets etc. See also Basket making and Fibre.
- Wood - A list of the trees and shrubs that are noted for having useful wood.
Cultivarsno recorded cultivars
ReferencesThe New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Author: Huxley. A.
Publisher : Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
Date of Publication : 1992
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