Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet
posted 7 years ago
Is anyone growing bamboo for food? for construction or craft material?
I'm interested in growing bamboo. My wife and I love the shoots. I would also like to use bamboo for making fences, gardening stakes, etc.
I don't know much in this area, any information you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you.
We grow a species named Guadua Angustifolia on our farm in the tropics. We have used in for a guest home, three sheds for our animals and a fence line that is 90m in length.
I believe in matured in 5 or 6 years and the height was close to 20m high and width about 10cm. We have 7 clumps of it and harvest one or two a year. A great building material.
Also we have another species that we can harvest to eat. I forget the name off hand. We use it to feed our pigs as they seem to like it a lot.
We have around 8m to 10m of rain a year and I believe most species like lots of rain for fast growth.
Most bamboos are either tropical or native to warm-temperate climates with fairly reliable summer rain. Quite a few species thrive and become invasive in the Southeast. In Mediterranean climate like ours you will need to provide reliable irrigation to get them to succeed. The hardier clumping bamboos like Bambusa multiplex should be hardy, and won't spread aggressively like the runners such as Phyllostachys.
Yeah, phyllostachys is kind of a curse, although I am in love with phyllostachys nigra, the canes turn such a pretty color black like polished ebony, that the invasiveness is almost a good thing. It makes good pipe stems and cane poles for fishing.