[permaculture] when to harvest bamboo

Amy Little amylittle at hvc.rr.com
Wed Oct 6 11:34:55 EDT 2010

Where are you located, what zone?

At 08:43 AM 10/6/2010, you wrote:
>A small clump of bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) I planted on the
>south side of one of our buildings more than 15 years ago is finally
>putting out usable wood.  The first 10 years it was never more than 3
>feet high & the thickness of a pencil, but gradually spreading
>everywhere in a small courtyard.  3 years ago we got a stretch of 35
>below & I assumed it completely died back but after 2 years with zero
>above ground activity this year it grew 10 - 15 feet high & a few
>pieces are almost an inch thick.  Is it best to harvest in the fall
>while it is still green or should I wait until the spring?  Also is
>there any problem with harvest all the growth or should a bit of it be
>left behind.
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