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I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: April 04, 2014 08:12PM
Hah! In an effort to green up my entry way I bought some bamboo from amazon. There are two bunches of ten stalks. They arrived today and look great but there were no instructions. I'm googling but would love some advice as well. Thanks.

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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 04, 2014 08:22PM

You have to ask?
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 04, 2014 08:32PM
Buy a panda?



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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: rz
Date: April 04, 2014 08:49PM
I don't think "lucky bamboo" is actual bamboo.

Here's the best advice I can give you. Go to a craft store and buy a small bag of water beads. They're tiny little beads that grow to like 100 times their size when soaked in water. Put the beads in the bottom of a tall vase, add a little bit more water, and put the bamboo in it. When the water level gets low, add a little more water.
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: colonel panic
Date: April 04, 2014 08:50PM
Build a car, hut, it has a thousand and one uses.





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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: April 04, 2014 08:54PM
FYI: That is "lucky bamboo." It doesn't need special care, but I think it likes partial sun. Mine did okay for a couple years in just some plant soil gel with a few charcoal chips to keep the water sweet.



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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 04, 2014 09:17PM
just please don't put it into the ground unless you're _completely_ certain that it can be contained.



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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 04, 2014 09:28PM
Be careful! Bamboo can be VERY invasive and, easily spread to places you don't want it. Once so established, bamboo can be almost impossible to eradicate.
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Black
Date: April 04, 2014 09:58PM
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Be careful! Bamboo can be VERY invasive and, easily spread to places you don't want it. Once so established, bamboo can be almost impossible to eradicate.

Well, lucky for us this thread has nothing to do with Bamboo.
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 04, 2014 10:25PM
ask Caractacus

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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: April 04, 2014 10:41PM
Thanks for all the info everyone. I'll post a pic if it turns out nice. Otherwise it never happened.
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: April 05, 2014 09:46AM
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just please don't put it into the ground unless you're _completely_ certain that it can be contained.

Amen!! Even then, do not let it escape! If it's real bamboo that is. Kudzu, wisteria, non native bamboo, Asian carp, on and on...



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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Carm
Date: April 05, 2014 10:42AM
As confirmed by Black not bamboo

Wife loves theses. They are pretty hard to kill on purpose. smiling smiley
Never direct sunlight, they will die. Indirect sunlight or indoor lighting is all they need. After a few years if they may develop a fungus that will turn it black inside and out.

These are sold at my local grocery store in small ceramic planters and sometimes the dollar store in tubes. If you are creative and have time, you can make them grown in any shape you want.



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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: April 05, 2014 10:49AM
Thanks for all the extra info! How big do you think they will get?
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Re: I bought bamboo. Now what?
Posted by: Carm
Date: April 05, 2014 10:55AM
The largest we ever had was between 2.5 - 3 feet.
After about a year, their leaves get really long. Of the last two we had, the younger plant had developed the black fungus/algae and was about to die. The other older one was just getting too big and the wife tossed it.



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