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What bamboo is best for building & eating purposes? Also, goats!

Posted by deiscorides Zone 5, WV (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 21, 08 at 14:20

I'm looking for a variety of bamboo that is invasive, very fast growing, can grow to at least 2-3 inches in diameter, and be at least 10 feet tall. I'm in Zone 5.

I would like to be able to bend them to a certain small degree, use some for simple construction projects, and for temporary fencing.

It would be a huge plus if I could be able to eat the shoots of a few I do not want to grow. I guess that rules out some of the Phyllostachys, but if I can't find edible ones that match the above specs then I don't have to be able to eat them.

On another note, how well can goats eat them as fodder?

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RE: What bamboo is best for building & eating purposes? Also, goa

Why is it every time I come here, this thread keeps getting bumped to the top yet there are no posts in it? :/

RE: What bamboo is best for building & eating purposes? Also, goa

Threads without replies stay at the top of the listing in these Forums.
Now, however, Threads with new replies will push this one to the bottom of the page.

As to your question: wish I could help!
I'm new to bamboo...


RE: What bamboo is best for building & eating purposes? Also, goa

Hi! You might be able to go with P. atrovaginata (incense bamboo) or maybe yellow groove. Yellow groove makes excellent hedges, I bought some from They sell mostly cold hardy bamboo and have excellent prices as well as really nice bamboo. Incense bamboo is good to eat, as well as yellow groove.

I had found this website which lets you know about bamboo and it's palatability with livestock. I'm also thinking about getting goats for milk, what a coincidence ha ha!

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