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Bamboo is the true green wonder plant

  • Mar 4, 2010
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Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. Depending on soil and climate conditions, bamboo can grow up to .5 - 1 foot a day. This makes bamboo an amazing renewable resource. One plant can be harvested many times without killing the plant. That is one renewable resource and why it is so popular.

Bamboo can be made into almost anything, from flooring, rugs, stairs, scaffolding, tableware, paper, clothes hangers, furniture, to towels and more. It is even the main diet of panda bears. A bamboo grove can release 35% more oxygen than other trees. For information on eating bamboo and even a bamboo recipe click here.

It is a pioneering plant and can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so topsoil is held in place. Because of its dense litter on the forest floor it feeds topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come.

Because of its wide spread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain run off, prevents massive soil erosion and keeps twice as much water in the watershed. Bamboo helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption, making it a solution for excess nutrient uptake of waste water from manufacturing, livestock farming and sewage treatment.

To grow your own bamboo you need to know a few things. Most bamboos are happiest in a moderately acidic loamy soil. Bamboo likes mulch. Spread at least 2 inches of mulch in the area around the bamboo, and where you want the bamboo to grow. It is best not to rake or sweep up the bamboo leaves from under the plant, as they keep the soil soft, and moist, and recycle silica and other natural chemicals necessary to the bamboo.

Almost any organic material is a good mulch. Grass is one of the best, as it is high in nitrogen and silica. Commercial or even home-made compost is great. Chipped trees from tree pruning services can also be used. This can harbor pathogens that can affect some trees or shrubs, but the bamboo loves it.

The plant that has been used in Asia for centuries, but now the western world is learning the benefits of this great gift from the earth.  Think bamboo. It is a very green option.

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September 12, 2011
Very informative !
April 14, 2011
It's also considered good luck! My parents' business and home are filled with bamboo :)
December 11, 2010
And it makes the most beautiful sounding flutes in the world like the japanese Shakuhachi and the Indian Bansuri.
May 14, 2010
Awesome article, bamboo really is essential to life in many different places. I am working on a project where we document the heritable knowledge of tribes around the world, most specifically Papua New Guinea. They build their homes with it, they cook in it, and to cool water in these really neat water bottles. The project is the Heritable Innovation Trust if you wanted to check it out.
April 02, 2010
Bamboo is 2nd nature to so many people in Asia that we don't even think about it anymore :-) You should come visit and check out all object d'art made with this plant!
April 06, 2010
Another reason I'd like to visit Asia. Thanks.
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Bamboo are a group of perennial evergreen (except for certain temperate species) plants in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family.

In bamboo, wheat and other grasses, the internodal regions of the plant stem are hollow, but the vascular bundles, as seen in cross section, are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. Secondary, dicotyledonous woody xylem is absent. The absence of secondary growth, wood, causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.

Bamboos are also the fastest growing plants in the world.[citation needed] They are capable of growing up to 60 centimeters (24 in.) or more per day due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. However, this astounding growth rate is highly dependent on local soil and climatic conditions. Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where they are used extensively in everyday life as building materials, as a food source and as a highly versatile raw product.

There are more than 70 genera divided into about 1,000 species. They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, from 50°N latitude in Sakhalin[citation needed] through to Northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalayas.[3] They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the ...
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