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Q: Growing bamboo ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Growing bamboo
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: joeycorfield-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 10 May 2005 23:11 PDT
Expires: 09 Jun 2005 23:11 PDT
Question ID: 520293
What is the fastest growing bamboo in the world, Specie name, common
name, best growing temperaturers & soil Conditions for
Subject: Re: Growing bamboo
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 11 May 2005 08:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello joeycorfield~

As it happens, the fastest growing bamboo is also the fastest growing
*plant* in the world: Bambusa oldhamii, a native of China and part of
the Gramineae family. It can grow as much as four feet in a single
day. ("Gardening How-To," p. 13, March/April 2005, National Home
Gardening Club)

The bamboo is also known by several common names, including Giant
Timber or Oldham's (and, in China, Ryoku-chiku). It grows to about 55
feet high. (You can see pictures here, at Bamboo Headquarters: )

In the U.S., the plant is recommended for zones 8b-12. Information
varies about how much cold it will tolerate, but it is generally
listed as hardy to 15 degrees F. However, it prefers temperatures no
lower than 21 degrees F.

"The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay)
soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It
can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist
soil." (Plants for a Future:

Kind regards,

Bambusa oldhamii
joeycorfield-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Kris you are a legend! Great job.

Subject: Re: Growing bamboo
From: kriswrite-ga on 13 May 2005 07:31 PDT

Wow, a legend in my own time! :D  Glad I could be helpful.


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