Tropicals forum: Bamboo

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Apr 3, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Is there any interest among members to start a thread on Bamboo. Here in Hawaii the growing season is just getting started so there will be plenty of photos available as the new shoots start emerging. I go out daily now and look for the new growth.
I know they don't have flowers but there is nothing more exciting than finding that first 8 inch new cane just emerging and watching it shoot skywards over a period of 2 or 3 months.
I'll research more accurate names of the ones I have. They range from ones that grow no more than 1 foot or so to 100 foot giants.
Here is the first photo of Giganteus putting up its shoots after starting in a one gallon pot 2 years ago. More photos to follow as the canes get bigger.
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The last one is Brandisii.

Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 5, 2017 6:24 AM CST
Wow, that is amazing! Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 5, 2017 7:01 AM CST

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@microb Looks like you've started a thread about bamboo! Why not post your photos and information here. If you were requesting a bamboo forum, you'll need to ask Dave. He will have to decide if there's enough interest to warrant a bamboo forum. Thumbs up
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Apr 5, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Will post some more photos asap.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 5, 2017 10:08 AM CST

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Looking forward to seeing them!
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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Amazing giant Bamboo! You can start a thread on the Site Talk Forum: https://garden.org/forums/view... with a subject something like:

"Anyone interested in a Bamboo Forum"?

If the thread gets enough positive response from folks interested in a Bamboo specific forum, Dave will add it.

edited to add link.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 9, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Beautiful, Rob. That big one makes some noise when the wind gets into it, I'll bet! Love the swish, and then the 'wind chime' noise they make.

Jmho, I think a thread to chat about bamboo might be sufficient. It's a great plant with lots of diversity but it just doesn't have that much change, seasonal interest, bloom, etc. to warrant more than a photo or two. Will it really generate enough interest to have a whole forum?

Here are my two from my garden, a generic 40ft. tall clump with @2in. diameter culms, and a smaller one that gets to about 20ft. and maybe 1in. culms, a weaver's bamboo maybe?

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Elaine

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Name: Mike
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microb
Apr 9, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Thanks Elaine,
If you stand under the big one in a strong wind its like being on a four mast sailing ship, a lot of banging going on up top.
I've taken a bunch of photos but have to match them with names before posting. Working on it.
One problem with having a Bamboo thread under "Tropicals" is How to folks find it? I agree Bamboos do not attract attention like Orchids and Roses and Day Lilies but there is interest. How to propagate, uses around the yard, pics of those new canes each year, runners vs clumpers, size matters vs location. I will run a search on this website and see if it finds our thread.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 15, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Ok, you piqued my interest on the question "how to propagate". Is there another way besides dividing, and can you do it without heavy machinery?

The Kanapaha Botanical Garden at UF up in Gainseville sells divisions of their bamboo "dug to order" and I'm pretty sure they use a back hoe. (so a friend told me) I've been tempted more than once to go up there and get some of the pretty colored ones. They have a very nice large collection of different types there. Such a shame it's a 3hr. drive for me.
Elaine

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ScotTi
Apr 16, 2017 6:06 AM CST
Mike, I agree with you on your thoughts of finding Bamboo to discuss in the 'Tropicals forum'. Not all bamboo are tropical and some can be grown in pretty cold areas.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Apr 16, 2017 2:54 PM CST
Elaine, So far I have propagated the large ones in two ways, both by accident.

I used long mature canes of Oldhamii to place along side garden paths to stop the chickens scratching the path gravel all over the garden. I did this during a very long period of wet weather. After a few months I found that where each node was laying in the soft ground small shoots started to appear. New roots were forming where the cane met the damp earth. After a year new canes started growing and I found myself with more young bamboo plants that I needed. After three or four years the ones I did not moved started giving me good size canes in places I did not want them. I'm now sharing them with neighbors.
So by accident if found that if you lay down the canes in a moist area and keep them tight to the ground new plants will start. The Olhamii canes are large and heavy so they keep them selves tight to the ground. Have not tried it with other varieties.

I'm successfully propagating Brandisii (a giant Bamboo), once again by accident. Back in 2014 Hurricane Iselle snapped off 80ft high canes about 30ft off the ground. Canes are 8 - 10 inches in diameter. The remaining 30 ft had no leaves but after the damage new growth started sprouting from each node close to the ground. So I took a chainsaw and sliced the canes off just below the growth at each node. So I had a section of cane with green growth and put it in a large pot with the node under ground. The growth put out new leaves and in a years time I have new small canes appearing. My first one is now in the ground waiting for new growth this year.
I've since started five more and three look like they will survive.

These methods are slower than taking root divisions but I would need a large backhoe and jack hammer to get into these two varieties.

I will take some pics to show you in more detail what I did above.

There are also some good ideas on youtube.
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 16, 2017 5:03 PM CST
You don't need permission to start a thread. Just select a forum and start a thread. Tropicals is as good a place as any to begin the discussion. Then click on 'watch' so you can see each new post and not miss anything.

To start a new forum would require permission from dave. If you bamboo thread has plenty of activity it could later be made into a forum of its own. Thumbs up

(I gotta go dig up all the Arundo donax from the back yard now. I know it's not bamboo but it's just as hard to dig up.) Rolling on the floor laughing
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