What is Bamboo?
Bamboos are a diverse group of evergreen perennial flowering plants making up the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family.
Bamboo Prices In South Africa
Is bamboo available in South Africa?
Bergamboes are one of only 2 species of bamboo that are indigenous to South Africa. The other South African bamboo is Oxytenanthera Abyssinia, known here as the Holy Venda Bamboo. It grows in woodland, grassland, and thicket throughout tropical Africa.
How fast does bamboo grow in South Africa?
Bamboo is the strongest, fastest-growing perennial grass species that can reach up to 30m in height and 1m in growth a day. Some species can be harvested 3-4 years after planting and new technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for commercial production and local industrialization.
How long does it take for a bamboo tree to grow?
How does a bamboo plant grow? Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet, with some species can reach full maturity in just 90 days, and most taking just a couple of years. One bamboo species can grow a massive 35 inches per day (or 1.5 inches per hour).
Is it hard to grow bamboo from seed?
Bamboo plants are very easy to plant and grow in the landscape, but they aren’t the easiest of plants to propagate. If we could simply collect and grow them from seeds it would be easier, but temperate bamboo typically only produces seeds about every 75 years, and the viability of the seed is short
How do you sell bamboo?
4 Ways to Profit With a Bamboo Business
- Direct Retail Sales. If your town allows it, you should consider selling bamboo for landscaping directly to the public
- Bamboo Products. Here’s your chance to get creative.
- Landscapers. You can make great profits selling directly to landscapers.
- Garden Centers.
Phyllostachys edulis: Also known as Moso bamboo, this is probably the most wide species grown in China, used for making bamboo clothing, flooring, and kitchen wares. Moso can grow in zones 6-9, but really only thrives in zones 7-8, in the American Southeast, for example.
Best ways to make money growing bamboo right now
- Sell fresh bamboo shoots for food.
- Harvest fresh bamboo leaves for tea and other beverages.
- Sell top-quality poles for buildings.
- Turn excess bamboo biomass into ethanol fuel.
- Add value by producing bamboo crafts and products.
- Sell live bamboo as a nursery.
Give your bamboo a sunny spot for faster growth
The more sunlight your bamboo gets, the more “food” it receives, and the faster it will grow. There are a few species of bamboo that prefer filtered light, but most bamboo, are sun-loving plants that thrive on that extra energy.