hello new friends--
i'm brand spankin new (as an official subscriber-member) to Dave's, so this is exciting and fun!!!
i would like to mail order and grow some bambusa lako---giant, clumping, black timber bamboo (an uber-beauty!) but the nursery (in florida) says it will grow in minimum zone 9b in the u.s. i'm in the SF Bay Area, east bay, in west oakland. when i enter my zipcode in a search engine for usda zones, it comes up as 8b. i'm in sunset zone 17.
now, i am very spoiled living and gardening here--we can grow almost anything, including a lot of tropicals. so i'm wondering if anyone around here is growing it, despite where they say you can grow it.