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Old February 03, 2018, 19:13   #1
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giant japanese bamboo

anyone have any experience growing this as a windbreak. I am in southwest VA at 2350ft alt, I have seen some growing down in Roanoke but it is 1200ft lower than me.

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Old February 03, 2018, 19:48   #2
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I see it every year in Hawaii if that helps.



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Old February 03, 2018, 19:49   #3
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If it were my property, I'd look at anything else. Bamboo is a bloody nuisance once it takes hold.
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Old February 03, 2018, 20:22   #4
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Don't do it. Get red tip bushes instead.
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Old February 03, 2018, 22:22   #5
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I have 4 speies on my property.nice privacy and security.I spend about a
1k a year to keep it back on 1 acre.people drop by to buy some every now and then.looking for native canebrake bamboo if anyone has access to any.Live culms for propagation for arrows.
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You might see if Canadian hemlock will grow there, it grows at 4 to 5 feet a year iirc
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Old February 03, 2018, 22:35   #7
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the whole point is I want the bamboo, it will be used as a windbreak, I am on a mountain top, I regularly get 65MPH+ winds, I don't want trees that will break under wind/snow load, looking to kill the outbreaks of poison ivy that grow on the few trees standing . I want to set up a barrier to anyone "accidentally" walking across the road and onto my place with their dogs. i have a fence but they ignore it. I have a road on each side where I want to grow the bamboo so there is no problem of it getting away.
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Old February 04, 2018, 00:24   #8
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the whole point is I want the bamboo, it will be used as a windbreak, I am on a mountain top, I regularly get 65MPH+ winds, I don't want trees that will break under wind/snow load, looking to kill the outbreaks of poison ivy that grow on the few trees standing . I want to set up a barrier to anyone "accidentally" walking across the road and onto my place with their dogs. i have a fence but they ignore it. I have a road on each side where I want to grow the bamboo so there is no problem of it getting away.
Bamboo does get invasive. You can contain it with solid barrier going down about 2 feet (concrete, hd plastic plate, steel). That said, it will grow in the mountains - and does in Asia. Up in the highlands in China, the pandas eat the bamboo in the mountains, though that isn't the giant japan variety. For your purposes, the thinner (1-2") variety that is common higher elevation would do fine as well.
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Old February 04, 2018, 06:08   #9
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I've been growing it for many years in Tennessee. Once you understand how it grows containment is not really that bad - you keep it in check for a few weeks once a year and you're good to go. Just plant it with that in mind.

My climate is a little different than yours so I'm hesitant to recommend a specific species for you. Check out https://lewisbamboo.com for ideas and info. I've ordered several times from them and they've always been great.
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Because you want it doesn't mean your neighbors do. Be extremely careful planting ANYTHING non-native to that area.
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Just check your local and State laws. IIRC, Va and several other States were trying to ban some bamboo and other plants because they are invasive and hard to get rid of when established.
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Just check your local and State laws. IIRC, Va and several other States were trying to ban some bamboo and other plants because they are invasive and hard to get rid of when established.
Hmmm, I can't quite put my finger on what else this also brings to mind... "invasive, hard to get rid of when established... "

Oh well, it will come to me later I'm sure.
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Hmmm. Grow 1 -2" variety.

Sounds like old time fishing pole growing business to me!

Or start a Burlesque troop: https://youtu.be/ch_NuUgvb7s




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Old February 05, 2018, 22:21   #14
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There are 2 basic types....clumping and non clumping. Timboo may be what
You are looking for, not sure of the type. Non clumping is the type that is usually
a problem when it starts to spread out. Once established it's very hard to get rid of.
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Bamboo is evil! Don't do it!

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Yeah but, kudzu is eviller ...
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Yeah but, kudzu is eviller ...

glysophate. and dont' water it down.
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We had an em club build by locals at Chu Lai in either 67-68. they used bamboo for the entire frame and rafters. Thatch for roof. Had some great times there before the thing burned down.
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