Green Groove is a beautiful collector species not commonly available. It's unusual yellow and green striped canes grow dense to give you a great colorful screen. Bright yellow coloration of the canes with the green stripe in the sulcus grooves is absolutely beautiful. Even more, the dark foliage contrasts wonderfully with the yellow canes. It is very cold hardy, handling -15 degrees temperatures, with growing habits similar to 'Yellow Groove'. This variety handles windy sites much better than 'Yellow Groove'.
Green Groove is a running bamboo, which means it spreads. Bamboo can be easily controlled in a small area (a normal city yard) simply by mowing or stepping on the young shoots. Keep in mind that running bamboo only puts up new shoots for a short time each year, and when they are "shooting", the new plants are very fragile and easy to destroy. New shoots could also be used for culinary purposes and cooked, much like asparagus. Root pruning, a Bamboo Root Barrier or growing plants in above- or below-ground containers are other methods to control spread.
Gardener Direct also carries Bamboo fertilizer and planting soil containing Biochar, a highly porous material that allows for long term water and nutrient holding capabilities.
Indoor: Too large
Privacy Screen: Excellent
Specimen: Good, in containers
Wood Quality: Excellent
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5-10
Spread: 10'+ with no control
Culm Diameter: 1.5 to 2"
Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Growth Rate: Fast