I have a little bamboo just planted this fall. The stalks are 3" diameter, and the guy I got it from had most of it lopped off at about 20 feet tall. It was ALL over his tiny city lot. Told me it had stayed in one place only, but the neighbors redid their lot, and all their water, including when they water their lawn, now drains on his land, and it took off! He let me dig up a bit for $20. Don't know the variety at all. We'll see if it survives. I put it in a place where it will be dry in summer, so no guarantee that it will survive. I'll water it to get it established, then starve it of water if it looks too well fed, i.e. about to take over. We have 20 acres, so room enough for bamboo.
Thought I'd have to wait for years to get some canes to work with, but lucky me, someone I know is thinning a grove! Got 40 canes at 12+ feet, plus a bunch of smaller ones, and the tops/leaves to use as mulch. Felt like a real hippy rolling down the freeway with 12 foot bamboo tied to the car rack. Some of it is black bamboo - so beautiful. Any tips on drying my bounty? Comments on getting shaping canes?
My friend with the grove says, to control her running bamboo, she eats the shoots. Says black isn't the most tasty...
gani et se wrote:... Felt like a real hippy rolling down the freeway with 12 foot bamboo tied to the car rack.
Cool. Bamboo is a plant from the angels i reckon. never used it, but would love too. I would be wary of the running bamboo though, Ive seen its work in the warmth and it can really get a going that I doubt eating the shoots of will control. That's all.
Most of my bamboo are small one gallon plants that are about 2 years old. They are putting up new shoots right now, and I may add to them as money permits. The Golden Bamboo I have is an old mature grove. I will be harvesting shoots from it this year.
Of the varieties I have planted all are edible, but some may require boiling first. The Robert Young, rubromarginata, bambusoides, Golden, makinoi, edulis, and henon will all produce good quality poles (in about 10 years). The Golden, Robert Young, and Vivax will produce shoots that are good enough to eat raw. The others will require boiling to remove the bitterness.
I am thinking about putting in P. bambusoides "Slender Crookneck" in addition to my other bamboos. It is more cold hardy, and grows faster than the parent variety, with the same good wood quality.
You may want to look at containment if you are in an urban setting. A bamboo nursery can sell you a tough plastic barrier material that is placed 20 or 30 inches into the ground around your planting. Otherwise, I would just put an 18 inch trench around the area where you want to keep the bamboo contained. You fill the trench with mulch or sand. You then drag a pick through the trench in March and September and cut off any rhizomes that are trying to escape your containment.
Philip, we usually have a 60 - 90 day dry spell in the summer. That will completely dry out the 18 inches of clay the bamboo has before it hits rock. It's planted in an area where the ground is not especially soggy even now, and the creeks are pretty darn full. We've approached flood stage recently. That's by design, as a control.
could you please share your reliable source of seeds?
Matt Smith wrote:Found a lady with a bunch of established timber bamboo on Craigslist who has agreed to share some for free. Also got some bamboo seeds (from a reputable source) and looking forward to starting those.
Talk about a multipurpose plant!
Jason Matthew wrote:Most timber bamboos are propagated from rhizome cuttings or from culms cut and dug from the parent grove. Smaller bamboos may go to seed more frequently, but timber bamboo seed occurs in 30, 60, or 100+ year intervals. Moso is the most recent timber bamboo to flower and produce seed, and it did so several years ago. Most bamboo seed will not be viable beyond a few years, unless kept in a freezer.
The seed I have is from Moso. Is this to say that all bamboo of one variety flowers and produces seed simultaneously everywhere, regardless of the individual organisms?
gani et se wrote:Yep. All flowers the same time! My friend said someone told her she had about a hundred years before the black bamboo flowers again.
That is utterly mind boggling. And kind of inspiring. If anybody has any links to articles/texts on this phenomenon, I'm beyond curious.