31 March 2012

Bamboo shooting! The season has begun

31 March 2012
bamboo shoots

Spring is bamboo shooting season for most temperate bamboo, and I have been looking for the first pointy shoot poking through the soil. Today I saw several beautiful bamboo shoots poking out of the ground. For the next month new shoots will appear daily. I harvested a few wayward shoots and tonight they were sauteed......

Canned Won't Do: Spring Brings Fresh Bamboo Shoots

 Black Bamboo shoots are
poking out of the ground

About Black Bamboo...

The Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) is an attractive bamboo, with black stems, and a running habit. Black Bamboo can grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet tall and can grow to 35 feet with 1" diameter canes. New shoots are bright green and turn black over a year and a half. A culm will grow to its full size within a month  and will never grow larger. Newly planted rhizomes will produce some tiny culms the first year. Then each year the culms grow taller and have a larger diameter. New culms are very soft and can be easily cut or crushed by hand, but it will grow tougher with time. 

 This is Phylostachys nigra  'Black Bamboo' 

Posted: March 15, 2012 
Savannah Morning News

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