1) General Information:
a) Scientific names: Bambuseae
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
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 bamboos 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.
- Transplant the Prickly Bamboo in Garden A to create 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