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The Bamboo Plant

Updated on November 21, 2015
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The Best Plant Ever

Bamboos are quite easily the fastest growing plants on planet Earth. Depending on where in the world the plant is and what kind of climate and soil conditions there are, it can easily grow as much as 2 feet to 3 feet in just one day. These amazing large Bamboo plants can grow as high as 25 feet or higher in their lifetime.

Bamboos are part of the true grass family with giant bamboos being the largest of the grass family.

There are over 1450 species of Bamboo. That is an amazingly large amount of species. When thinking of Bamboo plants most people assume they grow only in hot humid areas however Bamboo plants are actually found in all types of climates around the globe from hot climates to cold climates. Bamboo is a very hardy plant.

You can find Bamboo plants in hot tropical areas and also in cold mountainous regions.

Bamboo can be found in places such as from East Asia all the way across to India and the Himalayas, southern section of Africa, Northern Australia. Some parts of the USA and south all the way to Argentina.

So you can see that the Bamboo plant and its different species are very versatile.

Huge Plants Called Bamboo

Out of all of the trees in the world the bamboo are the only large plants or trees that have the capability of growing to their full height in their 1st growing season.

The average growing season for a large Bamboo plant is around 4 months. During a Bamboos 1st year of growing the plant grows vertical without any branches sprouting out.

In the second year of growing the Bamboos pulpy wall or stem dries slowly and starts to harden over the season. Branches also start to sprout. The next season finds the stem hardening even more and during the Bamboos 3rd season it becomes a mature plant.

Bamboo plants are harvested when they are 3 to 7 years old for use in construction. East Asia and Southeast Asia use Bamboo for building materials more than any other parts of the world.

The Bamboo is also used there as a food source and happens to be primarily what Giant Pandas eat. Of course the pandas consume the softer branches and leaves and not the hardened trunk of the plant.

Mountain Gorillas in Africa also eat Bamboo as do chimpanzees and elephants in that region. Do you think you could eat a bamboo plant?

How to Grow Bamboo Video

Ornamental Bamboo is very popular now in areas they will grow outdoors. There are two kinds of ornamental you can purchase.

Clumping and Running. Clumping Bamboo will not spread as fast as the running variety so are easier to take care of in your garden.

Running Bamboo spread by their roots and can send runners out several meters in one growing season so you really have to keep on top of running Bamboo if you plant it.

It will end up popping up in your neighbour’s yard in no time at all. Lucky Bamboo plants which everyone can purchase in pots at flower gardens and stores all over the world are actually not related to the Bamboo family.

They are a type of lily called Dracaena Sanderiana. The lucky Bamboo is grown in the rain forests of Southeast Asia and Africa.

Giant Panda eating bamboo
Giant Panda eating bamboo


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  • pstraubie48 profile image

    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Bamboo is amazing and what an adventure it can take you on. Last spring and summer I worked for my friend potting and caring for a wide variety of bamboo plants on her bamboo farm here in Florida.

    Some types are very aggressive and will spread like wild fire. If properly cared for the new plants grow quickly into hardy plants.

    Thanks for sharing this

    Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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    Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

    they are called ecosox

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    Grant Handford 7 years ago from Canada

    Brie I am just learing about Bamboo. It seems like a plant we should be growing and using all over the world.

    Michael that is very cool. I will have to check out bamboo socks and see what they are all about.

    Thanks for commenting Brie and Michael.

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    Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

    It also makes great socks, I have 5 pair for work, they are very comfortable.

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    Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

    I love bamboo, it makes great building materials!