Golden Goddess Bamboo
Golden Goddess Bamboo Can Be A Great Choice
Just the name, Golden Goddess Bamboo, suggests there is something special about this plant. Sometimes advertised as an exotic grass (bamboo is a member of the grass family), other times as a bamboo tree, the Golden Goddess (Bambusa multiplex) has a number of very attractive features going for it.
Grown In A Clump - Bamboo is grown for many uses. Many of the larger bamboo plants are grown for their wood, noted for its utility, strength, and beauty. Other bamboo plants are strictly ornamental, whether in the garden, in the home, or an item of decor in an Asian restaurant. Some bamboo plants grow as individual trees, other varieties spread, and can become quite invasive if unchecked, some varieties grow in a clump. The Golden Goddess bamboo is one of these. Bamboo that grows in a clump is easier to manage, is generally not invasive, and if placed in the right spot can be a show stopping landscaping choice.
The Golden Goddess bamboo grows to a height of between 10' and 20', the former being more typical. It is a sub tropical plant but can be grown in some areas where freezing weather is experienced in the winter. In such cases the top of the plant will die back, but new stalks will emerge the next spring. The most striking feature of the Golden Goddess is its golden stalks or culms. The diameter of each culm is not large, seldom more than a half-inch in diameter. A node in the culm may have several branches extending from it, with each branch having 15 to 20 closely spaced, graceful leaves.
As A Screen Or Hedge - This bamboo can make an excellent low screen when clumps are planted in close proximity to one another. A 10 foot screen may not be the height you are looking for in all situations, but the Golden Goddess is perfect if a lower screen will suit your needs. It has enough low branching, and though thin, the culms are quite dense, making it difficult if not impossible to see through a clump of this plant. The 10' height also makes the Golden Goddess bamboo an excellent choice as a hedge. It can either be trimmed or left untrimmed. Again, the fact that is not regarded as an invasive plant makes it a good choice. If you do trim the plant, cut the culm just above a node, and it will not grow any higher, so only requires a single pruning.
As A Container Plant - The Golden Goddess is quite attractive when place in an outdoors container. The one disadvantage is, being a clumping bamboo, it can be extremely difficult to divide a mature plant for placing in containers, and for this reason you won't often see the Golden Goddess as a container plant. The bamboo can be grown as a container plant indoors, but needs to be in a location where it will get from 4 to 6 hours of direct light every day. It can be trimmed of course, but if not, the other requirement would be the need for a cathedral ceiling, especially if the plant decides to grow a few feet beyond its typical 10 foot size. The root ball needs to be kept moist when the plant is grown indoors, and getting the watering correct can at times be a trial and error process. If the plant is running low on water the leaves will start to curl. In addition to correct watering, the Golden Goddess bamboo will do best indoors when given a slow release fertilizer every 2 or 3 months.
Not For Furniture - As was mentioned at the beginning, bamboo is a plant of many uses. The culms of the Golden Goddess are too thin to be used for making furniture or flooring, where other types of bamboo sometimes excel, but they may find use in certain crafts. If you can't find a practical use for the culms, let them be, and enjoy them for their ornamental value.