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Using bamboo for tomato trellises?

Posted by aliceinvirginia (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 10, 09 at 22:19

I got some bamboo from a co-worker and I want to use it for tomato trellises or stakes.

If it is in the soil, how do I prevent it from rotting?

I've only had the bamboo about a month. I'm planning on using it in another month or two.


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RE: Using bamboo for tomato trellises?

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 11, 09 at 0:00

No way to prevent rot, but it should last at least the season, if not longer.

RE: Using bamboo for tomato trellises?

We use lots of bamboo stakes in zone 7 northern Va. We get 2 years minimum from the poorest species, 3 and 4 years from the best varieties. Generally part underground rota off end of year one or two - above ground, if mature culm when harvested, still good and simply push it in a bit deeper (we leave them out all year long). If brought in, I could see them lasting 6 or 7 years. BIG issue is how old culms were when harvested. If they have aged to say 3 or 4, they have most silica and least starch and will last longest. Biggest problem for amateur is knowing age of culm they are cutting..... Peter (

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