Giant Canes

Arundo is a genus of stout, perennial plants in the grass family.
Common name : Giant Canes
Scientific name : Arundo donax
Family : Poaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Arundo are tall perennial canes growing in damp soils, either fresh or moderately saline. Other common names include Carrizo, Arundo, Spanish cane, Colorado river reed, wild cane, and giant reed. Some grow up to 6 m but most varieties will stop at 2 or 3 m. They mostly reproduce vegetatively, by underground rhizomes - so better keep them in pot or grow varieties known to remain small.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 200 - 600
pH 6 - 8

Identify my giant canes

The giant canes look like corn that would form a colony. These are grasses sometimes up to 6 meters - more commonly 2.5 meters. The stems are thick, vertically erect, partially engulfed by long lanceolate alternate leaves. Flowering on the cob appears in summer in Mediterranean climate, and it is formed of groups of fine ears in "feather duster". This grass is multiplied by its rhizomes.

Plant my giant canes

The Giant Canes enjoys a good sunshine. Place it in a cool but well-drained soil, without excessive winter moisture as it does not support stagnant water, especially if the winter is harsh. Work the soil to a depth corresponding to a spade iron. Plant without burying the base of the stems. Tamp rather heavily around the roots. Water abundantly to promote rooting.

Water my giant canes

In the first month, water the seedlings gently. For young plants, water without wetting the foliage. Afterward water during prolonged drought, and for the plants in tray.

Mulch my giant canes

Mulch especially the first years. Once installed, the Giant Canes will no longer need help. A mulch of wood, bark, dried stubble or mineral mulch - drier! fit. Minimum recommended thickness: 3 cm.

Prune my giant canes

Cut the dead stubble at the end of winter, to allow the light to reach the new leaves.

Propagate my giant canes

You will not necessarily feel the need, but to multiply the canes of Provence, the easiest is the division of stump in spring. Using a shovel, simply separate the selected young stem from the mother plant and replant immediately.

Protect my giant canes

The first winters, mulch thick at the base of your young canes in cold climates.

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