Transplanting 35ft+ tall bamboo
Well I have become an expert in transplanting bamboo versus all the bunk I have read on the subject. I picked a cold, 50 degree day with light mist here in the upstate of S.C in Mid October 2009.
Don't know the variety of running bamboo but it is the taller variety of the two main ones here in the upstate that have been around since early 20th century.
I already had a grove thirty plus shoots that had been one transplant 8ft. 14 years ago with the largest being 23+ feet high and 2 inch diameter.
I went back to the original grove with a twenty six foot box truck and three people with plastic handle shovels and an axe.
We would jump on our shovels driving them through the spongy like root system till we hit a rhizome. As soon as we felt we would have them located and cut we tilted the bamboo right out of the ground.
Lifting these giants was accomplished by one person lifting the rootball and another guiding the leaf end.
As mangeled up as they were I can't believe how well they have survived.
35+ feet tall and 3-5 inches in diamater! We completed the project in one and a half days.