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bamboo stakes growing?

Posted by ekoboat z6 MO (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 23, 07 at 12:01

Perhaps this has been addressed before... I use short(3-6 in) bamboo stakes to mark where I plant, so I don't forget and accidentally dig something up. Yesterday I was reworking a bed and found 2 bamboo stakes that had been left in the bed all last summer had grown roots! There was no growth above ground, only roots. Has this happened to anyone else? Could you actually start bamboo this way? Yes, these are from the dried 4ft packages you buy anywhere.

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  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 23, 07 at 13:18

That is highly unusual, and the fact that the canes were dried makes it even more perplexing. Usually the only bamboo that can be started from culm (cane) cuttings are certain tropical species, and you do tht in a special way with freshly pruned culms. Now it's possible that the stakes you bought came from SE Asia where this type of bamboo is common, but when they're dried they're essentially dead. I don't know what to say. Could you post a picture?

RE: bamboo stakes growing?

Are you sure it is actually bamboo? Last year I went to a flea market and a person there was selling "bamboo" stakes that were actually Japanese Knotweed and Japanese Knotweed can propagate from small pieces if they are not completely dead.


RE: bamboo stakes growing?

I'm not sure this is bamboo, I'm looking for some educated imput. These were found in a bed with castor bean and elephant ears. I kept all the seed pods cut off so I know it's not castor bean. There are some tree roots from a plant that was there (before we bought this house) but the growth comes off a big root, not a stand alone plant. Anything I find growing in my beds gets pulled out, not cut off. I can't think of anything else that could be there. It doesn't seem possible that a bamboo stake could start growing. Here is a link to some photos
Does bamboo even have roots like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: bamboo?

RE: bamboo stakes growing?

Doesn't look like bamboo to me.

RE: bamboo stakes growing?

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 24, 07 at 2:09

It's not bamboo. Not only doesn't it look like bamboo, bamboo has no seed pods, and it doesn't have the pith that shows in your photo. That looks like some woody plant or weed to me.

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