Whilst bamboo can be seen as the backbone of an exotic garden, it can also be used elsewhere for a fast-growing hedge or groundcover. In Holland the largest bamboos can become 8 to 10 metres tall and between 4 to 6 centimeters thick - see our 'news page' for the latest records - whereas the smallest only grows to 20 cm. Most species only become a few metres tall. There are edible bamboos and ones which produce good wood, green and variegated ones, but also black, green or yellow plants. There are those with rapidly spreading roots which have to be kept in check; others (like Chusquea and Fargesia) stay more or less in one place. The minimum temperatures indicated here indicate the lowest temperature at which the bamboo still remains more or less evergreen. Usually the bamboos are not killed by lower temperatures; they will regrow in spring! Our plants are home-grown, and NOT PROPAGATED IN A LABORATORY (not propagated through tissue-culture).

Musa Helens Hybrid

Moderate leaf loss
Musa Helens Hybrid
  • Hardy to ? °C
Helen’s Hybrid may be a cross between Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger and Musa Chinichampa. Seedlings from this happy marriage are not uniform. Some resemble their father, some resemble their mother. Most plants are intermediate like the one pictured. With maximum winter protection this might be an interesting addition to the assortment of garden banana's. small quantities sometimes available, all from seed and not from tissue culture (= not from a laboratory). I cannot guarantee it's winter hardyness, probably next year.
Max 4m
Slow spreader
Sizes and prices  9cm pot €8,50 11 cm pot €12,50, 2Liter=€15, 3L=€22,50, 5L=€27,50, 10L=€30, 12L=€35, 25L=€57,50 Full price list

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