Water Bamboo, Equisetum – Plant (Water Bamboo)
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Equisetum Plant CARE
Water Bamboo are very easy to grow wet area plants that require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any wet outdoor space, water garden or pond edge. In very cold zones a containerized Equisetum can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a frost and quickly return to normal in spring.
When you receive your new Equisetum, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new plant.
Equisetum grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 10″ to a 20″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Water Bamboo Equisetums enjoy a moist, rich organic soil. Remember try to stay away from dry, sandy soils. These ears enjoy any wet outdoor space, water garden or pond edge locations.
To help establish your new Water Bamboo Equisetum, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10. If planted near a pond it is best not to fertilize. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 7b-11, This Equisetum requires 80-90% sunlight. Depending on your location filtered sun is best. In the northern end of their grow zone Water Bamboo plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before any harsh cold.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Jiffyplants these Equisetum plants are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
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