[permaculture] Article: "In Africa’s Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo"

Andrew Millison amillison at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 18:31:35 EDT 2012


My friend Dain Sansome at Bamboo Valley in Albany, Oregon says that bamboo
does not typically grow true to seed, and it takes a long time to figure
out what you've really got when you grow it from seed. Seedlings are often
of inferior quality to the selected cultivar. But there is really excellent
genetic material here in the US from the most high value temperate climate
timber species, *Phylostachis edulis *'*Moso*'.

I've pasted a link to a video about this stand in Louisiana where the Moso
was dug and planted in Oregon by my friend Dain. He has about 7 acres of it
growing now on his farm.

http://www.beaverstatepermaculture.com/video/bamboo-revolution-begins

Take care,
Andrew Millison
www.beaverstatepermaculture.com

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM, Evan <kodama at riseup.net> wrote:

> Since Bamboo rarely sets seed, and when it does it's usually followed by
> the death of the stand, I doubt anyone gets a consistent seed crop of
> bamboo. That said, I think last year horizon herbs had some bamboo seed,
> perhaps they still have some in stock...
>
> I imagine the best way to get the bamboo cart rolling is to search your
> area for stands and dig up new shoots or buy (expensive) nursery stock and
> start a stand from which you can propagate new shoots after a couple of
> years. It wouldn't surprise me if some botanical garden down there had a
> bamboo collection.
>
> Best,
> Evan
>
>
> On Mar 14, 2012, at 10:21 AM, Chris Carnevale wrote:
>
> > There is a great article on bamboo in the NY Times Opinionator blog
> today: "In
> > Africa’s Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo."
> >
> >
> http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/in-africas-vanishing-forests-the-benefits-of-bamboo/?partner=rss&emc=rss
> >
> > On this topic, does anybody have a good source for bamboo seed in the
> USA?
> > Any experiences worth noting growing bamboo from seed?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Chris Carnevale
> > Charleston, SC
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