growing bamboo

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  1. bucky7734

    bucky7734 New Member

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    :confused: Has anyone had any expirance with growing bamboo? My wife brought back a start from Jamaca. The only advice the seller had was put it in water and it'll grow.
     
  2. Grayfox88

    Grayfox88 New Member

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    Be careful where you plant it as it will spread and once it gets going it is very hard to kill. Japan has beautiful bamboo forests but they dont farm as much because it is so hard to reclaim the land from the bamboo. I think it is beautiful also. I have had plants in my bathroom in just water for over a year. I give them hair from my hair brush every now and then and they are very happy.
     

  3. Meg Z

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    Do you have any idea what kind it is? Some of the clumping types mind their manners, but the running types...heck, you might as well plant kudzu! :eek:

    Use extreme caution!


    Meg :)
     
  4. john#4

    john#4 Well-Known Member

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    Bucky,

    You probably have what is called “lucky bamboo” I don’t think this planted outdoors. It grows in water inside in the winter.

    Go to ebay, run a search on “lucky bamboo plants”, when the plants come up hit picture gallery. You will find all the information you need. Just read the adds.
    John#4
     
  5. bucky7734

    bucky7734 New Member

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    Thanks Guys/Girls I've got it started in a bucket w/poting soil. Its budding now after about 2 weeks of water and sunshine. I had friend tell me that in order to keepit from spreading out of control it must have a 18"-24" retainer wall underground!!! WOW!... think I'll keep it in a bucket!
    I believe that its an outdoor type as the stem on the start is about 3" dia.
    I just always wanted some to build crafts from.
    Thanks again .
     
  6. primal1

    primal1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I bought some 'lucky bamboo' thinking i could cultivate them outdoors, does anybody know what the best kind would be for my plans....

    I'd like to make some floating flats to put in my river during the summer, in which to grow the bamboo. I'd like to harvest it for poles and since it can grow up to 1.5" a day my summer is long enough to get some good lengths.

    Thanks
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  7. leaping leon

    leaping leon Well-Known Member

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    Try this link: http://kauai.net/bambooweb/bamboo.html

    Bamboo is one of those plants that I believe are greatly under-rated in the United States. I investigated bamboo as a privacy screen for our property, and the information I found was fascinating! Bamboo has many uses.

    There are two basic types, one is edible to humans BUT it is the type that spreads like crazy: even worse than kudzu, it can put up shoots through pavement! The type that is inedible (or at least doesn't taste as good) grows in clumps and doesn't spread very far.

    I'm still toying with the idea of using the clumping kind of bamboo for a privacy screen so our backyard cannot be seen from the road (and the clothes hanging on the clothesline, etc.) I may also try bamboo as browse for our goats.
     
  8. it is not hard to control just dont plant the larger types next to a basment wall. I have my bamboo planted in the middle of my lawn so if it spreads to much i mow it off