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DesertGardens
Jul 31, 2017 6:45 PM CST
I'm interested in buying bamboo seeds and have found several on amazon, however is there a better place to buy some bamboo seeds? Also do you think any of the amazon one's have a chance to grow or is it a complete waste of time and money?

Additionally would the Arizona climate be suitable for bamboo as it rarely gets below freezing and has high temperatures (100-115) in the summer? I have never grew bamboo before so any help is much appreciated.
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DesertGardens
Jul 31, 2017 6:47 PM CST
Amazon links below:

www.amazon.com/seeds-rare-BLACK-BAMBOO-SEEDS/dp/B00YB03JF8/ref=pd_bxgy_86_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00YB03JF8&pd_rd_r=0GQB35A2GXG83575M0B6&pd_rd_w=BxjBc&pd_rd_wg=91YlB&psc=1&refRID=0GQB35A2GXG83575M0B6

www.amazon.com/Aokin-GIANT-BAMBOO-SEEDS-Hardy/dp/B00DS53RIQ/ref=pd_sim_86_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00DS53RIQ&pd_rd_r=XWQ33JZBATQ7FW2QX1A3&pd_rd_w=OYiWQ&pd_rd_wg=aQsH0&psc=1&refRID=XWQ33JZBATQ7FW2QX1A3

www.amazon.com/fresh-Moso-Bamboo-Phyllostachys-pubescens-edulis/dp/B00KYCW08E/ref=pd_bxgy_86_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KYCW08E&pd_rd_r=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ&pd_rd_w=nbW78&pd_rd_wg=5lHCJ&psc=1&refRID=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ

www.amazon.com/50-Phyllostachys-nigra-seeds-Bamboo/dp/B00KDY84OM/ref=pd_bxgy_86_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KDY84OM&pd_rd_r=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ&pd_rd_w=nbW78&pd_rd_wg=5lHCJ&psc=1&refRID=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 31, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Welcome!

Bamboo very rarely (once every 50 years or so) blooms. Bamboo seed is extremely rare so buying 100 seeds on Amazon for less than $2 sounds a little too good to be true.

There is a bamboo someplace that will do well in your climate - do your research and then buy a potted plant.
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sallyg
Aug 1, 2017 1:20 AM CST
With Daisy , I am very skeptical. There are a lot of people posting to plant identification help, of 'seeds bought off the internet' that don't yield what they were supposed to.
A lot of room for fraud.
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DesertGardens
Aug 1, 2017 2:47 PM CST
Thx for the help. I've done some more research and I've been looking around on amazon and found that most of the bamboo seeds sold on amazon have very low germination rates. Many reviews state 0 germination or very low rates ranging from 40% to 1 or 2%. However if I do manage to get a single seed to germinate and mature into a healthy bamboo plant I would be very happy.

I also have a mini green house with peat pellets to use to sprout the seeds, although I'm not sure if this is the best method as I saw some youtube videos in which people sprouted seeds using hydrogen peroxide and water in bags along with some using peat pellets. I have never attempted to grow bamboo seeds before so any suggestions on which method to use to germinate bamboo seeds would be much appreciated. I'm not sure if I should use multiple methods ranging from peat pellets to plastic bags or if there is a method that is clearly a winner?

I've chosen 6 different varieties of bamboo seeds on amazon for $10 in total, so I figured I might as well give it a try since many reviews did show some germination regardless of how low it might be, and I have ordered seeds before from amazon but I usually try to stick to seeds with good reviews so I'm not counting on getting dozens of bamboo plants and for me 2-3 would be perfect even if it's out of 400 seeds.

Links:
1. www.amazon.com/Aokin-GIANT-BAMBOO-SEEDS-Hardy/dp/B00DS53RIQ/ref=pd_sim_86_11?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00DS53RIQ&pd_rd_r=XWQ33JZBATQ7FW2QX1A3&pd_rd_w=OYiWQ&pd_rd_wg=aQsH0&psc=1&refRID=XWQ33JZBATQ7FW2QX1A3

2. www.amazon.com/50-Phyllostachys-nigra-seeds-Bamboo/dp/B00KDY84OM/ref=pd_bxgy_86_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KDY84OM&pd_rd_r=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ&pd_rd_w=nbW78&pd_rd_wg=5lHCJ&psc=1&refRID=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ

3. www.amazon.com/fresh-Moso-Bamboo-Phyllostachys-pubescens-edulis/dp/B00KYCW08E/ref=pd_bxgy_86_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00KYCW08E&pd_rd_r=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ&pd_rd_w=nbW78&pd_rd_wg=5lHCJ&psc=1&refRID=G6RPNYDQQ77KEH4AYYCZ

4. www.amazon.com/seeds-rare-BLACK-BAMBOO-SEEDS/dp/B00YB03JF8/ref=pd_bxgy_86_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00YB03JF8&pd_rd_r=0GQB35A2GXG83575M0B6&pd_rd_w=BxjBc&pd_rd_wg=91YlB&psc=1&refRID=0GQB35A2GXG83575M0B6

5. www.amazon.com/PROMOTION-Giant-Bamboo-Seeds-BAMBOO/dp/B01GBD2MJG/ref=pd_sim_86_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01GBD2MJG&pd_rd_r=59GKY77SSXQXV39RZE82&pd_rd_w=JWOja&pd_rd_wg=X58lL&psc=1&refRID=59GKY77SSXQXV39RZE82

6. www.amazon.com/bamboo-seeds-decorative-garden-planter/dp/B01ESQTHXM/ref=pd_sim_86_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01ESQTHXM&pd_rd_r=V9VHZY0Q2K4XVCJT3NV1&pd_rd_w=qli6Q&pd_rd_wg=TUxxz&psc=1&refRID=V9VHZY0Q2K4XVCJT3NV1


Also about buying potted plants in Arizona I'm pretty sure the bamboo would die because right now it's over 100 degrees so I would probolly have to wait to the winter if I decide to order it, I found this bamboo site. (See link below)

www.bamboogarden.com/price.htm#pricelist%20start
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Aug 1, 2017 4:34 PM CST
We look forward to hearing how it turns out for you!
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plantmanager
Aug 1, 2017 4:51 PM CST
I tried growing bamboo in my north scottsdale garden about 10 years ago. I don't remember which species it was, but it was a running bamboo and I thought I might have to keep it from running to the neighbors place. Instead, it grew beautifully from Fall, Winter and Spring, and was dead as soon as the weather went to the triple digits. It had plenty of water, but couldn't make it. I was so bummed. I thought running bamboo should be super hardy.
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