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OfflineLoverofEarth
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Bamboo, the grass of gods
    #1403475 - 03/23/03 03:07 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Paddling down the creek two days ago I happened upon a forest of bamboo. I can describe it, but it would not do it justice. I decided to climb through a thin strip and found a magnolia tree which I at first believed to be hundreds of years old. If you like climbing trees, you would be sorely envious. Anyway, today I went back to collect some bamboo after realizing the Incredible amount of uses it has. So far I have a blow gun, staff, musical instrument, and the makings of a hut.

I met the owner, old old guy, really friendly and generous. He gave me roots (rhyzomes) that spread underground like grass and grow shoots at the nodes. (Apparently bamboo is very invasive so I am introducing it guerilla style all over my parents and grandparents property.) It matures to 30+ feet in less than three years. It is hollow except for rock hard disks spaced a foot apart on the stem. At the disks 2 new shoots grow out. Then at the next disk 180 degrees around, 2 more shoots grow out. The forest is so thick that you can hardly squeeze through. It gets very bushy with all the leaf growth at higher heights, creating a huge canopy.

For all you suburbanites and everyone else.. I strongly urge you to replace your lawn with bamboo. Do you want to mow that lawn down? It is a burden and a sign of inferiority IMHO. You cut down these little grass shoots, never letting them grow tall and mature, walking on them. This is likely a metaphor for your life.

Bamboo requires no care, no pesticides, no fertilizing. It is beautiful and edible. It gives privacy few plants can offer. And most importantly, it's creative uses are nearly enless. I will name some for you: Wind chimes, buildings (houses, huts, etc.), weapons, watercraft, bridges, ladders, pool sticks, dildos,...use your imagination.


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: LoverofEarth]
    #1404832 - 03/24/03 05:12 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

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  He gave me roots (rhyzomes) that spread underground like grass




Bamboo  is a grass. Monocot, family Graminae/Poaceae.

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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: no-tone]
    #1405074 - 03/24/03 07:32 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

What species of bamboo do they sell in stores?? how do they get them to twist and is that a diff species of bamboo then the straight ones??


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: jojoba]
    #1405177 - 03/24/03 08:12 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Bamboo is twisted by using somewhat thick wires, when new shoots come out, they are very leafy and over time turn into the characteristic woody (lignaceous) tube that is a characteristic of bamboo. They bend the shoots around the wires as they grow since they're green and not lignified yet. They have to stay bent around those wires for some time until they turn lignaceous and become a woody tube like the main branch it's coming from. Then they unwrap the wire and the new shoot is twisty and thick, but normally they sit twisted in the wire for nearly a year.

As for the nomenclature of the bamboo in stores, i'm not quite sure i'll see if i can look it up somewhere.

edit: the stuff they sell in stores they call "lucky bamboo" that you normally find all twisty and stuff is botanically Dracaena sanderana


Edited by neuro (03/24/03 08:16 AM)


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: neuro]
    #1405881 - 03/24/03 12:33 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

i have bamboo in my room, i love it so much, i want to grow it


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: LoverofEarth]
    #1405967 - 03/24/03 01:08 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I also have a few bamboo shoots in my room. After the new growths turn hard into characteristic shoots can I take a cutting and place them in some water as a new plant?


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: cherokee]
    #1406146 - 03/24/03 02:19 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

you can do it, but you have to cut it near the sieve plate disk, also make sure it has some leaves or new shoots off of the shoot you plan on cutting. The tube is photosynthetic, but having some leaves helps too.


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: LoverofEarth]
    #1406166 - 03/24/03 02:28 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

We had some BamBoo in our backyard in Long Beach when I was growing up. Don't know how it got there.


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Re: Bamboo, the grass of gods [Re: LoverofEarth]
    #1411605 - 03/26/03 02:42 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

please don't put it where it's not growing
naturaly. it IS VERY invasive.
if you have a place to get some allready
then youre all set anyway.
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