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Neutral ArchitectAndrew
(1 review)
On Mar 14, 2016, ArchitectAndrew Boston, MA wrote:

I have a bamboo grove adjacent to my patio, about 35 ft long and 6 ft deep. In the past month it has turned from green to entirely light brown, as has my neighbors, about 50 ft away. I am in Boston but friends in New Haven, whom I visited this weekend, have the same situation. In the eight years that I have lived here this has never happened. Are they dying? Does anyone know why this is happening?

Neutral RubyVox
(7 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2008, RubyVox Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I collect bamboo and have mixed feelings about New England Bamboo.

I agree that they provide excellent service and have gorgeous stock, including many hard to find specimens. They provide New Englanders with many species that are not suitable for our zone(s) along with excellent information on how to grow the plants indoors and/or over-winter the less hardy varieties. (Many other bamboo nurseries refused to sell me Phyllostachys nigra ‘Hale’.) NEB also works with many architects and corporations to create green spaces in Boston and I’m very pleased whenever I see NEB in public buildings.

My problem with NEB is their pricing. It pains me to mail order bamboo from other companies when such a fantastic local nursery is at my disposal, but it is less expensive to buy bigger plants and have them shipped.

I have 5 specimens from NEB planted (intermingled) with several other specimens of the same variety from different suppliers. All the plants live under the same exact conditions, but NEB are the shortest and smallest, despite being a few years older than their neighbors. (I supposedly ordered the same ‘size’ plants from all 3 nurseries.) The plants I ordered from 2 other nurseries (of the same exact variety) were far less expensive, bigger and grew lush and tall more quickly. NEB’s plants look very good, but it is ridiculous to buy smaller, younger plants that don’t perform quite as well. I now only purchase NEB plants when I cannot find what I want somewhere else. Unfortunately for NEB, my loyalty belongs to another bamboo grower.

Neutral Lundeen
(5 reviews)
On Dec 10, 2001, Lundeen Westford, MA wrote:

Plant material OK, prices high, somehow they think the plants they offer are hardier than other nurseries. Shipping costs very high.

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