This stand of Bamboo was planted eight years ago. Last year it doubled in
size. This year the bamboo are already jumping out of the ground. BIG BAMBOO
shoots are coming up. These shoots weren't there last night and now they've
already grown over a foot tall. I've been watching and waiting. They make a
pretty good privacy screen. It increases property value to have trees,
schrubs, and other plants, especially out here in the desert.
I plan to have a forest by the time I'm done.
You planed the wrong kind of bamboo unless you are planning on
shooting a remake of Tarzan.
The many types of bamboo fall into two broad categories. The walking
kind and the clumping kind. It sounds like you have the walking kind
and it will take over your yard.
Right up the river from me Thomas Edison was paying the Koreshans to
grow various strains (for the light bulb experiments) and we still
have good examples of several types. When I stole some shoots for my
yard, I was careful to get the clumping kind. They can't control the
walking stuff that is still popping up everywhere on the site.
Japanese Timber Bamboo is what mine is. It's the running kind. It's 100 feet
from the house so there's plenty of room for it to grow. It's supposed to be
able to get six inches around, and 60 feet tall. Right now the biggest
diameter is about 1/4 inch. The BIG SHOOTS will open up and won't be as big
as they are now, but every year the shoots get bigger. None of it is over
six foot tall yet.
The bamboo is in Estero at the Koreshan site. There are also a few
patches along the river but they are the clumping variety. I am
guessing someone transplanted them. I got mine from what is now the
West Bay Club.
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