February - Fertilisation Period

Pre-sprouting fertilisation

We are in late winter, and the bamboo is preparing for the upcoming vegetative recovery.
At this specific time, the plants are still ‘standing still’, no aerial part is developing, no new leaves are issued, no new shoots emerge. From a cursory glance, they appear less ‘shiny’ than they will be in spring.

Noticing leaf desiccation and a general lack of vigour is entirely physiological and should not cause concern.

In this period, it is recommended to perform a fertilisation called ‘pre-sprouting’. The most suitable products to use are nitrogen-based products such as ammonium sulphate, or in general NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) that have a 2:1:1 ratio of elements (e.g. NPK 20:10:10).

N.B. The use of urea is only recommended once sprouting has started and with higher temperatures (March).
For plantations from the third year onwards, an additional intervention is also recommended, to be carried out once budding has begun.

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