Bamboo for NE Oklahoma
Folks, I have a question for you. We're new to Oklahoma and would like to plant some bamboo on our place to produce stakes for garden use, perhaps even for use in making some smaller poultry cages. I've looked around on E-bay and found Golden Groove Bamboo for about $20.00,including shipping and handling. That's for a #1 sized plant with 12-24' length of cane on it (Bamboobuddy). This sounds like a fairly good deal.
If I had my druthers, just based on what I read on the Lewis Bamboo site, I'd probably go for Red Margin Bamboo. But I'm a bit tight this spring and $40.00 is a chunk of money. I'd like your advice though. If there is really a big difference between these two types or if the e-bay way of getting a start isn't so good, I'd be willing to hold off until I can get the $ together.
We moved here from NJ. A friend of mine there, had some kind of bamboo in his back yard. It produced canes up to about 2" diameter and about 30' tall. I had gotten a couple of divisions from him, but in 3 years they either died or just sat there. From reading on this forum I think I understand now that I should have planted them with at least one ring under the ground.
Thanks in advance for your input!