Bamboo Plant Facts

Overview

Bamboo has been an important plant and is becoming even more important. More than a landscape plant or house plant, Bamboo's uses keep multiplying. The cultivation of bamboo continues to spread throughout the world.

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Plant Type

Bamboo is a grass that grows from 1 to 100 feet tall and up to 8 inches in diameter depending on the species.

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Habitat

Various species can be found throughout the world. Some are hardy to zone 4 in the United States.

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Uses

Bamboo uses include paper pulp, lumber, building products, housing, timber, food, landscaping, houseplants and fuel.

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Reproduction

A single plant may spread rhizomes which grow into new plants and produce more rhizomes. Many species only flower and produce seed if they are dying.

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Interesting

Bamboo flutes are part of both Chinese and Japanese culture. A bamboo pipe organ built by a Spanish priest in 1819 is still played today.

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Growth

Bamboo grows by forming nodes which then extend. This habit is true for both the rhizomes and the stalks. In ideal conditions, the plant may grow up to 4 feet per day.

References

  • American Bamboo Society

Who Can Help

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