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Anyone have luck with edible bamboos in MN?

Posted by nick_b79 z4 MN (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 20, 11 at 15:32

Just looking through the plant catalogs, and I was wondering if there are any bamboo plants capable of both producing edible shoots and surviving -20F winters? We're south of the Twin Cities (near Hastings), and it looks like we're getting close to being zone 5a now based on the updated hardiness maps. It looks like "Nuda" might be my best bet. Anyone tried this one, or have another variety to recommend?

I'm fine with winter dieback so long as they resprout from the roots. In fact, I'd probably just cut them back every fall anyway to put straw on top of them for insulation.


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RE: Anyone have luck with edible bamboos in MN?

Even though some bamboo can grow here, I don't think any would ever be vigorous enough to grow enough shoots for harvest, let alone be large enough. I would think it would be a given not choose a clumping species, as they would inherently not be as vigorous. Nuda is a clumping type.

But it would be nice if you could prove me wrong...


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