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Does anyone else grow Miscanthus giganteus?

 
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I have quite a bit of it but only a see it for aesthetics and disc golf challenges. But it seems a likely permaculture crop to me, being non-invasive and a source of very dry, harvestable materials in late winter. Mine grow 15' tall and the stalks seem to have potential for crafts and constructing n as well.
 
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For the time being, I only use it as a windbreak and mulch, but I'm sure they are tons of applications with it.
 
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In the UK it is grown commmercially to feed power stations I wonder if it could be used in a rocket mass heater?

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I use a small variety for much.  It seems somewhat rot resistant compared to straw.

How thick are the stalks on the giant kind?
 
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I really want to try it for biochar.  It seems like it would crush really easily.
 
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Ken W Wilson wrote:I use a small variety for much.  It seems somewhat rot resistant compared to straw.

How thick are the stalks on the giant kind?



About a quarter inch. Very strong.
 
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It makes a fantastic mulching material. I plan to grow a lot of it to replace our need to ever but straw again. I am sure it could also be used as a hay as well.
 
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