Bamboo in Hawaii – Tropical Garden A

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Featured Plant in Garden A - Bamboo

1) General Information:

a) Scientific names: Bambuseae

Bamboo Hawaii
Bamboo Hawaii

b) Region of Origin: Tropical Americas, northern Burma, Southern China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

c) Type: Beautiful & Useful

d) General History: Bamboo was first found and used in China more than 5000 years ago, which is why the woody plant conjures up images of pandas eating shoots and leaves in the Orient. Even though its many uses are only just becoming widely known, the bamboo plant as an alternative material began long before “going green” became a trend. Believe it or not, the history of bamboo is historically significant for many Asian countries!

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: The shoots of the bamboo are edible. They are used in numerous Asian dishes and broths. Pickled bamboo, used as a condiment, may also be made from the pith of the young shoot.

b) As Medicine: used in Chinese medicine for treating infections and healing. It is a low-calorie source of potassium. It is known for its sweet taste and as a good source of nutrients and protein

c) Other Uses: Cultivated for construction purposes: flooring, furniture, baskets, and chairs. Bamboo is also carved for decorative artwork. Bamboo fiber has been used to make paper in China since early times. A high-quality hand-made paper is still produced in small quantities. Coarse bamboo paper is still used to make spirit money in many Chinese communities.

3) Growing Instructions

Bamboo Grove
Bamboo Grove

a) Growing: One of the fastest-growing plants on Earth with reported growth rates of 100 cm (39 in) in 24 hours. However, the growth rate is dependent on local soil and climatic conditions as well as species, and a more typical growth rate for many commonly cultivated bamboo in temperate climates is in the range of 3-10 cm (1-4 inches) per day during the growing period.

b) Best time to Harvest: Bamboo rarely flowers, sometimes only once every hundred years or so.

c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight

d) Soil Requirements: Grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil such as might be found on the bank of a river or creek.

e) Propagation:

  • Transplant the Prickly Bamboo in Garden A to create a security border
  • Locate shoots with at least two sets of roots
  • Gently dig up with pickaxe,
  • Dig a hole deep enough for the bottom set of roots to be covered
  • Mulch with soil, compost material, paper bag, and weigh down
  • Water thoroughly

f) Controlling Spread: Regular cutting back of Bamboo will help prevent its spread

g) Difficulties with this plant: Many tropical bamboo species will die at or near freezing temperatures

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: n/a

i) Location: Multiple locations on the property: Behind Bamboo Bungalow: Garden T and Garden V


Pre-Volcano Garden A Instructions


  • The front gate of the property between Hinalo Street Border and the crater edge
Rainforest Volunteers in Hawaii
Rainforest Volunteers in Garden A

Lodgings and Facilities in the Garden area:

This Decorative Garden has the following plants:

  • Lauhala
  • Copper Leaf Plant
  • Bamboo
  • Avocado Tree (1)
  • Coleus
  • Orchids
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Alexander Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae)
  • Ti Tree
  • Queen Emma Lily
  • Camel's Foot Tree
  • Croton

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass & Albizia Trees
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Cut down baby Albezia's when you see them crop up. Verify before cutting, ask someone if you're not sure.
  • Identification and Labeling
    • Tag and label  transplanted trees with bright-colored ribbons
    • Date the tree with the date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance
    • Keeping the street borders and rock borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, and bi-weekly Fall/Winter 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Hand weed around each tree/large plant in a 3-4 foot circumference
    • Use a weed whacker to trim grasses in between each tree outside of the circumference created above, making sure NOT to hit the trunks.
    • Fine hand weeding in the rest of the garden using a Kama to remove choking weeds and climbers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim, and mulch tree bases as in the propagation section above.
    • We also collect wood shavings to use as decorative mulch in non-food beds. Guava inhibits plant and weed growth, so use it in decorative areas only.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
  • Harvesting
    • Harvesting regularly promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye out to see if it's needed weekly or bi-weekly (fruiting trees such as Avocado)
    • Some trees need topping or harvesting is impossible, and food will be damaged and unusable,
    • Check with the director first about topping a tree, or if you have any ideas for new red plants in this area.


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