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Growth Chart of Bamboo

Phyllostahcys Moso, the largest temperature bamboo on earth, was pictured and documented to demonstrate bamboo amazing growth. These photo capture Moso emerging from the ground and growing into a giant in just a few weeks. This is truly an amazing occurrence that happens every spring.

In China this is the most utilized bamboo. It is used forfood, paper, plywood, furniture and flooring. With it's unique ability to replenish itself, bamboo is a great "green" resource.

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Summary Tables
 Below is the growth from April the 2nd. until April 20th.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the amazing growth of these giants.


Double cane



Day 5
April 2nd.


Day 9
April 6th.


Day 12
April 9th.


Day 15
April 12th. Cane on the left is at the
3 foot mark.

Day 16
April 13th. Cane on the right is at the 6 foot mark.



Day 23
April 20th. at 22 feet tall.


Single Cane



Day 5
April 2nd.


Day 9
April 6th.


Day 12
April 9th. Single cane is at the 3 foot mark.

Day 15
April 12th. There days later the cane has
 passed 5 feet marker.



Day 16
April 13th.


Day 23
April 20th. Top of ruler is 10 feet.




Details of the Bamboo Growth

April the 2nd.

These photos from one of our mature groves of Moso.
This grove is around 14 years of age. You can see the growth rate from the pictures.


The Moso is beginning to break ground with its new Spring shoots.
The Moso is the very first timber bamboo to shoot each year.





These two shoots just out of the ground. Below is a single shoot
 I will follow along the next month. With this species, as with
 all temperate or cold hardy bamboo, many of the new shoots
 will abort.
The ruler is marked in 12 inch intervals for the first
6 feet, thereafter the ruler will be in one foot intervals.


 

We will photograph these three different shoots and hope one will show off for us.




April the 6th.

The shoots have not aborted and are still emerging at a few inches per day.
 Once they have reached around 3 feet in height they will begin growing
several feet per day.










April the 9th.


This was taken on April  2

Same shoot on April 9


Above single shoot has passed the three foot mark.



This was taken on April  2

Same shoots on April  9








April the 12th.


 




 These photos of the double cane shoots were taken on April 12








These single cane shoot photos were taken on April 12. It has now grown
 over 5 feet in the past 12 days. It should really take off over the next two weeks.




April the 13th.



April 2nd.


April 13th.

 

April 13th.


 Above photos of the double cane shoots were taken on April 13. The cane
on the right is at the 6 foot height range. The cane on the left is a little behind
at 5 feet in height. I went from inches to feet once the ruler pasted the 72 inch
marker. From 72 inches we changed to 7 foot, 8 foot and 9 foot marks.






This was taken on April  2nd.
           

April 13th.


April 13th.

Above single shoot has passed the seven foot mark on April 13th. They are beginning
to take off now and should be close to 20 feet in the next week.


 


April the 15th.




 12 inch marker shown above as the
culm sheaths begin to fall away.



 9 foot marker. Note the beautiful velvet coating
of soft hairs on the culm sheaths.

 
Above photos of the double cane shoots were taken on April 13th. The cane on the right
is still growing faster than its brother. It is right at 10 feet tall today.




 
12 inch mark


 9 foot mark

 
Distance photo
 

Above single shoot has passed the seven foot mark on April 15th.
This cane has now passed the 9 foot height mark.





April the 20th.


                                        

                                           

    

 
Photos of the double cane shoots were taken on April 20th. The cane on the right
measured 5 inches in diameter one foot off the ground. It has grown beyond the
height of my ruler, but measured around 22 feet in height today.

 
      
 
Above photo shows them growing into the bamboo canopy.


Photos of the single cane shows it well into the Moso canopy and around 22 feet in height since
the first of April when it emerged. It measured 5.6 inches at 4 feet off the ground.


Taken from 20 feet looking at the single cane. Top
of the ruler is 10 feet.

 Looking skyward toward the canopy of giant Moso


The three culms we followed will top out at around 50 feet in height in the next 2 weeks.




We sell this species to gardeners in the southeast U.S. and try not to distribute it
outside this area. In the past it has been tried in many parts of the country with
varied results. In the southeastern climate zones 7 and 8 you can grow this giant
to mature sizes. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, and parts of Florida have Moso maturing at over 70 feet and 7 inches in diameter.

Moso is the largest cold hardy species of bamboo on earth. The Oscar winning
 movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was filmed in giant groves of Moso in Anji. Anji is in the ZheJiang province of China and has 24,710 acres of Moso  growing. This species of temperate bamboo has been in the U.S. for over 100 years now. That's right, it any several hundred other species of bamboo have been imported for many years plus our native bamboo. Still the myths that it will take over the world persist. Bamboo is a supreme provider doing more than any other grass. Like all others, bamboo has adapted well to a changing environment. Recent discoveries have shown that the Americas have the greatest number of bamboo surpassing China and Japan. We live in an amazing time period where we utilize and love over 1200 varieties of bamboo worldwide. Below is a photo in our largest grove of Moso. This cane measured 9 inches at the base and 6.5 inch at chest high level. This grove was started in 1992  and over the next three years had large 5 to 10 gallon size  field dug divisions planted.


Bamboo is a supreme provider doing more than any other grass. Recent discoveries have shown that the Americas have the greatest number of bamboo surpassing China and Japan. We live in an amazing time period where we utilize and love over 1200 varieties of bamboo worldwide. Above is a photo in our largest grove of Moso. This cane measured 9 inches at the base and 6.5 inch at chest high level. This grove was started in 1992 and over the next three years had large 5 to 10 gallon size  field dug divisions planted.



Above is one of our larger canes this year. It should be in the 6+ inch diameter. We have this bamboo in 3 gallon sizes available now. Moso is expensive due to supply and demand.


 

    Bamboo is an amazing plant that has adapted to hundreds of different locations and climates. Click here and go to our 'Bamboo Boardwalk' and see bamboo covered with ice plus how to care for it. Bamboo has so many valuable characteristics that we can not cover them all on this page. Nature has designed an almost perfect plant and its uses number in the thousands. The structure of bamboo is very sophisticated to say the least. Modern day carbon fiber is thought to be designed after the basic structures of bamboo. The super strong longitudinal fibers of a bamboo culm make the similarities to carbon fibers almost identical. This strength and the very way a bamboo grove grows is amazing. Bamboo unlike a tree which gains no strength from its neighbors and actually sustains damage to their tree branches rubbing against nearby tress. A bamboo grove works together with its mass of overhead foliage interlocking and moving together causing no damage to the overall grove. Therefore bamboo has been on the increase throughout areas such as Florida and New Orleans to withstand the storms these states experience.

We hope to help you find the right bamboo species for your needs and location.

Bamboo truly has something to offer all gardeners and plant collectors.



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