Bamboo is a fast growing plant from the subfamily (Bambusoideae) of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae.
Growing bamboo[edit | edit source]
Bamboos prefer moist and rich soil for best growth. However, many bamboos can tolerate a range of soil and climate conditions, you just need to select the right one.
Some bamboos are invasive but there are non-invasive, smaller varieties of bamboo that can be grown in the garden without having them take over. Some of these include:
- Miniature sacred bamboo (Nandina domestica "Nana") - this is a dwarf variety
- Hedge bamboo (B. multiplex) – this variety is great for containers and can also be grown as a hedge
- Giant timber bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii) - this is a good screening plant that can be trained as a hedge
- Buddha's belly bamboo (B. ventricosa) – with the right care, this bamboo can be kept small and non-spreading
Uses for bamboo[edit | edit source]
Bamboo can be used for many things, from food to building materials. It can be turned into flooring, fencing, furniture, utensils, cutting boards, bowls, fabric, scaffolding, etc.