Fighting deforestation and climate change!
Bamboo is a truly extraordinary plant, strong, flexible, fast growing and versatile, is a sustainable and environmentally attractive alternative for timber. Bamboo reduces and sequesters CO2 gases and generates 35% more oxygen than trees.
Due to the ability to grow fast and self-generate, bamboo has a viable advantage, with potential to address the issues of the world’s growing demand for timber and fiber, that currently contribute to the deforestation of our world’s natural forests. The conversion of degraded agricultural land to a bamboo forest, creates an ecosystem, that turns derelict land into vibrant habitat for wildlife and combined with fruit trees and other edible plants, a permaculture oasis.
Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants and watching it grow is one of the most amazing and magical sights the natural world can offer. It is said that, standing in the middle of a bamboo grove during a silent night, you can actually hear the sound of bamboo growing and of its segments forming.
An important difference between bamboo and true trees is in their growth mechanisms. Generally, the growth of a tree only occurs at the tip, where specialized cells, capable of continuous division, are located. The division of these cells slowly drives the tree upwards until it reaches its maximum height. In bamboo, however, these growth cells are not restricted to the tip of the culm, but are also present at each segment.
Bamboo can be as hard as steel, yet after proper processing it can also be pliable as fiber. The secrets of its hardness and folding endurance are hidden in the inner structure.
If you snap a stalk of bamboo with your hands, you would discover that the two pieces are still connected with very fine fibers, which are extremely hard to break. These fibers run the entire length of the bamboo stem connecting all the segments, giving bamboo its strength, just like metal reinforcement bars in a building.
There are two main types of bamboo: running (monopodial) and clumping (sympodial).
Running bamboos grow in cold temperate climates. They send out long, underground stems or rhizomes, that are capable of producing many new shoots along its length. This is an invasive type.
Clumping bamboo is non-invasive, shallow-rooted, tropical type, grows in dense clumps and expands slowly. The growth is limited because each rhizome produced develops into a single culm or stem, located very close to its mother culm. This makes the plant predictable and genetically non-invasive.
At Bamboo Forest Fruits we only plant non-invasive tropical clumping bamboo.