Sunday, May 9, 2010


Bamboo is grown extensively in this part of the world as a screening hedge.  A couple of years ago, I decided that it would make a good screen alongside the road, to hide the swimming pool from view.

bambooSo, I set about getting cuttings to grow.  One or two neighbours very generously told me to take "as much as I needed" as, once it is established it can be a bit invasive

Some people have told me how easy bamboo is to propagate whilst others have told me how very difficult it is.   Apparently, bamboo is very susceptible to shock.

I have tried cuttings where I have taken a piece of bamboo incliding two complete nodes and buried it up to the first node, then keeping the bamboo full of water, I've tried taking a bit of root and planting thatand I even had chaiselongue of Olives and Artichokes bring me one of her rooted cuttings last year.  But it was all to no avail as one after another, all attempts at propagation failed.

And then, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me to look over his empty house as he was away for a while and I immediately said that I would and that I would also take some cuttings from his bamboo.  I did everything I was supposed to do but, almost as I expected, the nurtured bamboo cuttings remained simple bamboo stakes. 

BUT....   at the same time, I just stuffed a few bits into a pot and kept it moist... and lo and behold, after three years of constant failure, I  at last have several cuttings which appear to be growing on.

Now, I just hope I can keep them going long enough for the roots to establish so that, in the future, I'll have the problem of keeping this invasive plant at bay!!!!


RichieNJ said...

Congratulations on the bamboo that you got going after three years! I enjoyed reading about your story, success after many times failed. Do you know what type of bamboo it was?

chaiselongue said...

Good luck with this attempt, Ian. At least if it becomes invasive you won't have to buy canes for your tomatoes etc. We never do!

Ian said...

Hi RichieNJ,
I'm afraid I don't know what specific variety it is although I do know it is very prolific. One of my neighbours grows it as a screen hedge and spends much time cutting back the new runners which seem to sprout up everywhere, even in the middle of his drive.
Hi Chaiselongue,
sorry about your root... In fact, I alread get almost as many bamboo canes as I can handle from this neighbour who cuts it back regularly. The other week, when I visited, I came away with about 50 canes all of about 4 metre (13feet) in length

Debbie said...

I have heard that if you harvest it when it is young, you have bamboo shoots ala chinese food. This is how one woman I read about keeps hers under control. Just s thought.