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Jam Lady

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 16 6:59 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Any bamboo shoot is edible. Is it worth growing the skinny ones? Not in my opinion. Moso is the big one I'm most familiar with here in New Jersey, grown by a friend.

Clumping bamboo are generally not as cold hardy as running bamboo. And if AnnaD is hacking away at leftover larch roots how well is a clumping bamboo going to thrive.

And just to amuse you

here's a two acre bamboo forest of yellow stem bamboo at Rutgers Gardens in New Jersey. Spread around all on its own after the original planting. Notice that it is a monoculture, having eliminated everything else. It is a major effort every Spring to whack back the culms emerging in the pathways.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 16 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow, bamboo does seem a bit crazy! Sadly the best eating ones are not bunching.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 16 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting about the Moso in the pics, I've got 10 pots growing fairly well from seed sown earlier in the year! I know bamboos can be rampant thugs but Moso in the UK does seem to struggle a fair bit so I'll see how it goes. I'd planned to plant it so I can mow round the clumps (not possible of course if you have stumps).

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