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When I lived in Georgia, I grew the bamboo plant. The Atlanta Zoo had pandas to view for a short time, loaning them from China. Bamboo green shoots are the main food source for Panda in the wild.
Bamboo is grown all over the world, spread from Asia, where in China the bamboo plant was used for making papyrus-type parchment paper and the shoots were cut and sharpened to make pens dipped in ink for writing – as long ago as 7,000 years. Bamboo is used for many things – furniture, flutes, and garden stakes – and even home building.
Northern Australia, it is not growing there naturally for it was brought in from elsewhere. Europeans also brought in to add to there gardens and can be found there, but there are no native species.
Recently, bamboo is being grown in the Great Lakes region, where the Door Peninsula is located off Lake Michigan in Wisconsin for commercial purposes. US species are usually the Henon and Moso variety of bamboo. i
98-feet tall and its diameter being 6- to 8-inches. Some species only grow several inches high when mature. Typically, bamboo grows, in the
United States, to heights of 15- to 40-feet. The emerge from the ground at their full diameter and will grow to mature height in one
growing season. In climate zones 5 and 6, bamboo will defoliate and lose all above-ground growth; but when spring comes there will be new
shoots. The bamboo makes a large animal barrier. In Georgia, they are used for sun screens in yards. Heavy winds will damage bamboo, so it doesn’t do well for a wind screen, unless it is on the edge of wind screen trees. But beware: if they are not planted in containment,
they will spread and it is not easy to thin them out for their roots are strong.
generation of bamboo is born.
can also run water through the “culm” to remove the sap, but this is a commercial method that uses a special injection of material to preserve the bamboo. Drying must be done slowly to prevent cracking the outer skin. Depending upon how well cultivated, bamboo can be used for construction, especially when preserved with varnish, like
Spar Varnish used for marine applications.
The shoots of the bamboo when green and soft (new culms coming out of the ground) are edible. However, the giant bamboo (Cathariostachys
madagascariensius) found in Madagascar contain cyanide; and while the native golden bamboo lemur can eat it without any affects, it
will kill humans and other mammals. Poisonous species of bamboo plants must be leached or boiled before eating safely.
supposed to enhance the flavor.
alcoholic. Gorillas get drunk. ii
quickly spread. Use planting containers with the bottoms cut out and this will keep them contained in the area you want them to be.
produce a garden that will survive normal winters here.