Is Bamboo the Manliest Plant on Earth?

joefalco(z8 MB SC)June 22, 2005

Just a casual observation it seem that bamboo is mostly apprecaietd by men. I don't know of another gardenweb forum with more male posters.

Any theories on why this is?

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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

On the other hand, bamboo might be the most feminine in the world and hence the great interest by men.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 6:23PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Joe-
An interesting observation, and one I never thought about until you mentioned it. In my case, I was never very successful at gardening...until I started planting bamboo, so this encouraged me. I'm also impatient -- which I see as more of a male trait -- and the spectacular growth results are very satisfying to someone with my disposition. Finally, although I've dug bamboo with both men and women -- and I hope no one takes this as sexist and insensitive -- digging and chopping and sawing and leaning on demolition bars with all my weight just seems like more of a guy thing! My wife loves to garden, but, when I go on a bamboo dig, she seems to have no interest in coming along. That's not her concept of gardening.
(Ok, Cady and you other bambuseras, you can start beating up on me now!)

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 6:24PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Well, it does have a certain phallic quality on a grand scale, but that might be another issue all together. And, in going that route, we would also have to consider the various Amorphophallus species in making the final judgement.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 8:09PM
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bamboobob(z6b RI)

Well I used to appreciate the fast growing thrusting nature of bamboo, but now that I've googled Amorphophallus, just call me AmorphophallusBob.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 8:16PM
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cactusjoe1

You only have to look to the tone of the conversation here to understand why..........? LOL! Or is it more to do with a bunch of man having a discussion over beer.

Beer and bamboo! Now, that's the ticket!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 9:02PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Here are a couple of reasons that I grow bamboo...

Although so far, the women haven't showed up....I'm still waiting.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 9:04PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Okay, Kentuck. Do this...
Close your eyes.
Picture Faye Dunnaway looking like Joan Crawford.
Picture her beating you with a bamboo cane.
Hear the words: "No TyTy photos! No TyTy photos EVER!!"

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 10:13PM
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wlorenz(Day-town z6)

I think it is because no matter how you try it pops up in the most embarrassing places... especially in cases involving your neighbors!!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 1:41AM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Ack! Kentuck, stop channelling TyTy!!!!

wlorenz, LMAO! The unexpected "popping up" does seem to be a man problem, indeed.

As a female, I must cite bamboo's feminine quality of being able to gracefully adapt and to be able to bear great burdens without breaking. Then again, there are other advantages to being willowy and flexible, which men appreciate. But, you can't deny the manliness of a moso shoot thrusting its way out of the earth, expanding its height and girth so rapidly! Then again, it the longer it's exposed, the harder and more rigid it gets. This can last for years. That is not a particularly manly trait, alas.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 10:16AM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

I'm dissappointed that mine isn't popping up more out by the street corner, but the neighbors have stated that they feel this could be bad for their small home based business. I can't imagine why.

Ouch, Cady.

-hoe

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 4:44PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

After all, their business should be their business and my business should be mine.

Don't you think?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 4:49PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Cady, after reading what you said,"... the longer it's exposed, the harder and more rigid it gets. This can last for years."

I think I saw that commercial on TV, something about seeking help from a physician if it lasts for more than four years, or was it four hours, I can't remember.

Hoehoehoe, thanks, I think that I am now free from the TyTy curse. Alas, I am free to continue with my never-ending desire to seek out and plant new bamboo without the TyTy monkey on my back.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 10:50PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

4+. Bad thing.
3.75. Oh yeah.

We're talking about culm diameters I think now, right?
Because the bigger they are the more worrisome having them pop up at the wrong place or time can be.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 11:40PM
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MacDaddy(z6a NY)

Don't expect any witty dialog from me after you guys snubbed my "crotch" post. You know, the one where I worked every scientific bamboo name into a Illiad of bamboo perversion. I can hold a grudge and will be planting running bamboos near your favorite clumpers.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 1:38AM
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lkz5ia

MacDaddy, your too much of a gifted writer for your own good. If that makes sense.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 12:48PM
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stockwell(6)

No, redwoods are! Boo 2nd.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 9:24PM
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wlorenz(Day-town z6)

BTW - Who is TyTy?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 10:27PM
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lkz5ia

Your worst nightmare. If you think Freddy versus Jason is bad, think again. There is an evil one lurking out there that is more powerful than these. Think along the lines of Predator versus Tyty.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 10:47PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

TyTy bad, bamboo good.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 10:50PM
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wildbillgt(Z8 WA ST)

I am speechless...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 1:04AM
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wlorenz(Day-town z6)

Hmmm. Like Children of the Corn Bamboo?

"he who walks between the clumbs"

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 9:35AM
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mshaffer(z7 Fairfax,VA)

tyty is a online bamboo store with bad reputation

    Bookmark   June 25, 2005 at 10:05AM
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cactusjoe1

Yeah, real bad!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 12:31AM
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mtnbamboogirl(Z6_S36_ne_tn_mt)

As a female i agree with cady and thuja.lol..just give us more time for there will be alot more females interested in bamboo where we can use you guys to dig it up for us breaking your backs as we do our nails lol...just kidding i dig up boo all the time and im female too..

I also feel that bamboo is a very graceful and underappreciated plant. A very feminine trait. And with how useful it is? It can feed you, clothe you, shelter you, build for you, do just about anything else you can dream of for you. Definitely female. Men around here just sit around drinking beer, while their 20 rusty cars crumble to dust in the yard.

What else you say? You plant one, and 20 more pop in to add to the conversation 'piece'. How often do you see men doing that? Next year theres hundreds of them adding to the conversation. Definitely female :)

Who mentioned bamboo was male? Perhaps, as with everything else, it is a matter of opionion. But that's just one girls opinion. LOL.

Here is a link that might be useful: EAST COAST BAMBOO GROUP

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 11:35AM
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divahethr(7b)

girl here...bamboo is surely one of the funniest and nicest forums. I didn't do any sex checks just my observation. Where's that pic of the man standing next to the shoot wearing a tablecloth ???

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 12:52PM
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lkz5ia

Ask Kentuck_8b, that was in kentuck's family album belonging to the lost tribe.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 1:24PM
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bigeasyjock(z8Ms)

HA! How can you gals think bamboo is in anyway female like. I mean bamboo is slow to get started but once it has determined to do so ain't no changing its mind. Do what you will the stuff is set in its ways and be damned if ya get in the way ;o)Damned stubborn the both.
Oh and I've seen (been one my self) many a man swaying after a hard night of chug-a-lugging. Hey thats another man/bamboo simularity ... both are known to be heavy drinkers at times.
HA!!!
Mike

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 1:50PM
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lkz5ia

Going to the original post to why there are more men in this forum than any other is simple. Bamboo is a female plant. So, although guys can get along with mommy bamboo, most women can't get along with bamboo in such confined quarters as a forum. Do I dare say Catfight?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 2:21PM
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colabama

not nice to fool with mother nature (lol)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 7:36PM
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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

OK, you asked for it. Here's Kentuck and his shoot...

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 11:14PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Yep, that's one big shoot. I can't get my hand around it.

And that tablecloth, as seen in the photo, has become my claim to fame. No one recognizes me wearing other clothing, except for the members from the 'lost tribe', who know me well. So I never leave home without it.

It's funny how a moment captured on film can make, or break, a person. Just don't tell the rest of the tribe, since they still believe that a photo, taken of a person, will take your soul away.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 11:34PM
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divahethr(7b)

WHOOMP THERE IT IS!! hahaha!! eat your heart out flying daggers and crouching tigers

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 12:46AM
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kstanwick(6/NWNJ)

Bamboo is a "Chick Magnet" by me. Some of my still single friends ask me "whats the big deal about you and bamboo? Do any girls come over and hang out by it?" I say "definitely". Now all of my single buddies want to get some. I hope bamboo doesn't cause any problems with my marriage. I can't help it if all the girls in the neighborhood want to come and play amongst the bamboo. What is a guy to do about that?? The woes of growing bamboo continue to plague me....lol

Kurt

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 7:54AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

kstanwick-
I think there's a good job awaiting you at TyTy Nursery!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 6:39PM
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colabama

tyty withdrawal..must see crazy pics.must see,,,must see

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 7:07PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

"Chick Magnet," Yes! That's me, as you all can tell by the photo above. I have been working out and have put on a couple of pounds, and the scrotching Texas sun has kept my tan up to par. But as Kurt said, it doesn't hurt to grow some bamboo for a little added help, that's why I like the big stuff.

An exquisite taste for fine clothing helps with picking up chicks also, that is why I am going shopping for some new duds at Pizza Hut tomorrow....one of the few places that I can shop for a new wardrobe, and get something to eat at the same time.

Kt

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 8:46PM
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rfgpitt(z6a Pit PA)

instead of hose water and any old fertilizer, if bamboo was feminine, it would require Miracle Grow and bottled water.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 9:41PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

...and since Textilis is stated to, "...never have a bad hair day," then that too is another unfeminine trait.

Kt

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orchidnuts(9a Florida)

Yes I agree about the manliness of bamboo because my other half says that only men would participate in such long winded discussion. Also she is the one who says no more bamboo in the yard. But the saying goes "There is always room for more bamboo" That statement originated from a manly bamboo man. Rich

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 7:36PM
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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Many bamboo are only interested in sex once every 100 years or so. That sounds like more of a feminine trait. On the other hand, dying right afterwards... Well, that's just perfect.

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

LOL! Maybe the whispering rustle of the bamboo (for the first 100 years) is bamboospeak for "Not tonight - I have a rhizome ache."

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 11:07AM
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hangluus(zone 6, NJ)

Thuja...definately the best argument set forth to this point!!!

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kstanwick(6/NWNJ)

BLAAAAAAAAAAhhhhh.....Mike that is the best.....

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 3:29PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

I think Thuja and Cady are on to something.

Any woman that can put off a man for 100 years is pretty proficient in her womanly ways.

Any man that literally dies afterwards is pretty manly.

That would seem to be a checkmate.

But perhaps the woman is only able to put the man off for 100 years is because he is deficient in the pheremone department. And the fact that he gets her to succumb at all, smelling as he does to her....

MALE! Bamboo is definitely male.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 3:54PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Don't you just love the male's brilliant powers of deduction? Not just in my post immediately, but also I was thinking about The House Of the Flying Daggers movie. I watched it last night.
See Mei play the "echo game". See Mei throw daggers. See Mei run thru the forest at top speed. Okay.
See Mei pour a glass of tea. Suddenly heads are vibrating back and forth at a nearly imperceptible rate as revelations dawn on the minds of men.

What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
-William Shakespeare,

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 4:12PM
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wlorenz(Day-town z6)

Just FYI, to WS Man=people (not just male)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 7:07PM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

If Shakespeare had been truly even-handed about humanity, he would also have pointed out how this paragon of animals also belches, farts, picks its nose and toes, grows hair in unseemly places, has unsanitary habits and stinky feet. Traits which bamboo does not possess - thus putting it above and beyond the mundane issue of anthropomorphism 'n' gender.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 10:00AM
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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Come to think of it, didn't he say something about "mewling and puking" too?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 10:20AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

All I can say is that I hope this thread gets up to 100 posts pretty soon so that no more can be added to it!

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Then some bozo will start "Is Bamboo the Manliest Plant on Earth? - Pt. 2." nyuk nyuk.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 1:25PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Speaking of picking things...
Does anyone else find sheath picking to be disturbingly fun?
I only go for the ones that are coming loose though.

"Hair in unseeemly places."
That reminds me, if it weren't for "Hair", the musical, I wouldn't even be able to quote this. Not that I've never read ol' Bill.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 7:42PM
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okiechick34(z7 OKC)

Here baby, there mama, everywhere daddy daddy....Hair. good tune. Sounds a little dirty which seems exactly right for this forum I serendipitously stumbled upon due to the exchange forum. I have bamboo, a man wants some of my bamboo, I have asked this man to help me enlarge my patch, we are going engage in a swap... Hmm, how does that fit in with the general tone of this thread?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 9:29PM
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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Kudzu, the dreaded thread lives on!

Okie, I heard that the Soil Forum is dirtier than ours but that may just be vicious rumors. ;) Anyway, your message certainly fits this thread, elastic as it is.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 10:39AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Thuja-
I know. I've got my fingers in my ears, but it's not helping!

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

Kudzu, try saying loudly, "LALALALALA! I cant heaaaar you! LALALALALA!"
Okie, we should wash out your mouth with horticultural soap for that post. heehee

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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Better to talk dirty than to smell it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dirt, the fragrance

    Bookmark   July 2, 2005 at 11:50PM
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okiechick34(z7 OKC)

Checked out the fragrance...some reviewer said he can't think of too many times he'd need to smell like dirt...I can't think of too many times when I don't smell like dirt. It makes the bugs in my hair feel at home. Besides, I like to have my outside reflect my inside. Piscean need for authenticity:)

Oh well, dirt by any other name would still smell as " crisp and green with mossy woody basenotes".

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 9:18PM
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gillespiegardens(Z6 cinti ohio)

I think Thuja should speak for herself when she says being interested in sex only once every 100 years is more of a feminine trait!! I think Id rather die first than have to wait THAT LONG!!! (though necessity is the mother of invention they tell me)

Sue
'One thing all gardeners share in common is a belief in tomorrow"

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 1:04PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

Sue, I think Thuja was speaking from a "male's" point of view...being that his name is Mike.

Kt

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 1:41PM
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okiechick34(z7 OKC)

It is possible that she is referring to bamboo that is unable to self-propigate and doesn't know how to communicate its individual preferences pertaining to sunlight, quality of soil and drainage? Might make it feel a little dirty (in a bad way).

Sue, if you did wait 100 years, you would die. Literally. Too long to go. Too long. I'm not a doctor (soon, very soon) but my personal recommendation is that you defy bamboo-onic stereotypes and give that leafy green feminine side exactly what it requires (especially if you are in your 30's).

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okiechick34(z7 OKC)

p.s to Thuja, i've heard that the compost forum is pretty hot as well.

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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Argh! Now I'm going to have to rename myself something like "BooDaddy." :)

Bamboo sets seed on its own so in fact is both male and female. I guess in this way it appeals to both men and women, and probably hermaphrodites too.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 10:32PM
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gillespiegardens(Z6 cinti ohio)

ok Mike my sincerest apologies... i dont know why i assumed you were female... i hope i didnt offend you ... but i think you definitely need to meet some new females!! lol

so bamboo is bi-sexual then.. well at least its thoroughly contempory!!

Sue
"The one thing all gardeners share in common is a belief in tomorrow"

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 10:56PM
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gillespiegardens(Z6 cinti ohio)

btw... ornamental grasses and hostas seem to attract many males as well. they just seem less frilly or something i guess.

Sue
"The one thing all gardeners share in common is a belief in tomorrow"

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Thuja(zone 4b WI, US)

Sue, I think you're on to something with the "less frilly" thought. E.g., the TREES forum seems to attract many men too and trees are fairly down to earth. :)

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kchedville(8)

Manly yes, but I like it too....

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cactusjoe1

Are we talking about manly forums now, then? You should take time to visit the ToolShed Forum!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 3:05PM
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wildcat_jake(10b SoCA LB)

How did bamboo become something that sexist, egomaniacs decide they need to fight over. It's not the manliest plant because it is the California Redwood that takes that prize. Bamboo is perhaps the sexiest grass on earth but most people/losers think that it's a parasitic weed that needs to be eradicated. Sound like someone you know?

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Amorphophallus titanum, the name of which alone should make it quite clear that this is the manliest plant in the plant kingdom.

Here is a link that might be useful:

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Cady-
I'm also surprised that you didn't mention it apparently smells terrible...like a rotting carcass! And that it attracts fecal-loving insects! I wonder where that figures into the manliness discussion?

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cactusjoe1

Kudzu, maybe the putrid stink goes with the perception too? I wonder what's the average frequency of baths taken by bamboo fanciers?

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kentuck_8b(__)

I don't know about bamboo fanciers, but I have heard that some people take baths everyday. Imagine that! I personally think that the daily bathers are mostly the upper class and the rich people. Saturday night comes around soon enough down here.

Kt

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

I hear WildBill bathes once a year whether he needs it or not! heehee

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kentuck_8b(__)

So that means he has only bathed once since he moved into his new home.

Kt

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

With water bills so high, I have to choose between watering my bamboo or bathing. WildBill is definitely more fastidious...

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cactusjoe1

Why, Kudzu? You know you can have it both ways. Just go shower amongst your bamboos. Who knows, that might just about cause the T-T- girls to materialise. For those who bath less than once a month - no T_T_ girls for you!!

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gillespiegardens(Z6 cinti ohio)

i just got back from vacation and know you guys are talking about jumbo voodoo lillies?? egads! that thing looks just like something straight out of that plant shop in the flick 'little shop of horrors'
i just acquired a standard sized voodoo lilly and due to the purported smell when blooming ... i intentionally planted on the side of my property that borders my crabby neighbor!! ssssshhhh!! dont tell him!!

speaking of irish spring soap lol heres another one:

dont get next to me... untill you get next to life buoy!!

Sue
"The one thing all gardeners share in common is a belief in tomorrow"

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 9:44PM
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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Every year I hope my bamboo will get bigger.

Man Like Big.

Sadly, it seems to have stalled out years ago.

Can't you just tell the growing season is coming to a close when threads like this get resurrected?

    Bookmark   November 5, 2005 at 9:43PM
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koniferkid_nj(6)

I thought I was the only one going stircrazy already...

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rfgpitt(z6a Pit PA)

I started growing some arrow inside (thanks Pat) and after about two weeks or so it is already shooting. Even though it is smaller, still satisfying.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2005 at 2:13PM
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seattleboo(Everett, Wa)

I just read all 80 or so of these posts. Not sure how I missed it until now. Sure was fun, but I think it is now, officially, all played out. Or maybe it should have a smoke, and try again?

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hoe_hoe_hoe(6b)

Or, a little blue....

fertilizer?

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Cady(6b/Sunset34 MA)

I just dragged in the khasia bamboo and all of the container 'boo that I want to keep as houseplants for the winter. Everything else gets a blanket of mulch. The khasia is showing its resentment by turning yellow and dropping leaves all over the sunroom. It throws the same tantrum every fall when I bring it inside, kicking and screaming (figuratively).

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knock_on_wood

it is very manly

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kentuck_8b(__)

Well...

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