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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 10:30 am    Post subject: Bamboo from seed  Reply with quote    

At bit of a long shot, but has anyone any experience with growing bamboos from seed?

I've not been overly impressed with the plants you can buy and I know there are people that sell viable seed but I would like to know how easy is it to germinate and grow on.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No idea I'm afraid. You're welcome to come and take a chunk of ours for free if you like though.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OOOOoooo Me! Me!

LOL - So I bought seed on ebay. Now this could be 10 years ago you understand. The germination rate was pretty low, but I got 3 plants to the viable - plant outside state.

I planted them as one unit, and just this year they are finally looking happy to exist. The other bamboos I have are all thriving this year too.

The ones that "took" the quickest were off cuts from other clumps from friends.

So seriously - with seed there is no guarantee - although it has given me a lot of pleasure to see it grow. (Oh they were for "giant" bamboo... no sign of that happening any time soon!!)

Bought little pots are only slightly better. Big expensive pots I guess should take....

But WAY OUT your best option is to take up the offer of off shoots from an existing clump.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Many thanks Sally, that's just what I was after. Worth a go to experiment with but not really a reliable way to get some good plants quickly.

I'm after as many different cultivars as possible, hence the likelihood of having to buy most of them. I have read that a fresh clump is the best way to get them if possible and will ask around when I have space to plant them.

Sean, many thanks for the offer and I'll remember it when we get somewhere to plant them. Is it a tall, vigorous beastie, or something more manageable? I'm mainly after the large cane vigorous ones as they produce edible shoots and usable canes.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's pretty vigorous. About 15 to 20 foot tall. The canes aren't huge diameter but I reckon you could get bean poles and the like from them.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
No idea I'm afraid. You're welcome to come and take a chunk of ours for free if you like though.


I can offer the same. I think we have three varieties, ranging from tall and vigorous, to smaller and less of a PITA. I have tested none of them for panda friendliness, but certainly we have bean pole style lengths from them.

You have no idea how happy I would be to get you some. They are likely to be mini diggered at some point.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Nick, although the transport of large clumps of bamboo to the remote parts of Devon would be difficult.

If you do plan to dig them up I would have thought you could freecycle them locally?

Do you know what cultivar they are and have you tried eating the shoots?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bah, you forget I travel the world, and that includes Devon!

I could freecycle some, for sure, but there's probably enough to go round. I have no idea what they are, they were planted before we bought the place. And, as for eating, no. Haven't tried. Should do, tho.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was thinking more about getting the rootball and plant into the car, trimming the top shouldn't do them too much harm but I don't know. I drove a smallish pot grown one home the other day and that was bad enough, although I did learn they seem to be scented when stuck in a car!

As far as my limited knowledge goes (don't take my word for it) most should be edible but some are quite bitter. Knowing the variety would tell you which ones would be worth trying and which are best to leave for canes etc.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
As far as my limited knowledge goes (don't take my word for it) most should be edible but some are quite bitter. Knowing the variety would tell you which ones would be worth trying and which are best to leave for canes etc.


I'm pretty sure you're right, and that the majority of the bitterness dissapears on cooking. But I could also be wrong

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was snaffling a few canes for gardening purposes the other day and was wondering about the soft tips. Do you peel slice and boil?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I seem to remember that you don't even need to peel them you need the brand new growth, tips that are a couple of days old. Again, can't remember where I read it so could be completely wrong

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ggwa5irxmg

About 2:30 into the video.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look quite similar to the ones we have.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

He looks quite similar to Neil Morrissey. Thanks for posting. I'll have a look, but I suspect mine are all too tall, and it'll need thinning out to force fresh shoots.

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