Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions Section!

This section has been designed to give you a deeper insight of our program and to help you decide if this is the opportunity you are after to increase your wealth and become financially successful.

WHAT IS THE MARKET PRICE OF BAMBOO WHEN THE BUSH IS READY FOR HARVEST?

The market price for raw bamboo products will fluctuate per market conditions just as the prices for most crops do from year to year. OnlyMoso wants to give our partners security in knowing the minimum they will be able to secure for both the bamboo shoots (Currently with a floor of $1 per pound) and the culm or trunks (currently at $180 per ton or about $12-$18 per cane depending on different factors such as height, weight & diameter.)

When the first harvest is ready together we will discuss what price adjustments should be given, if any, in consideration of market conditions. OnlyMoso is committed to insuring a long and successful relationship with all their partners and knows that providing a fair and reasonable market price is achieved for both sides.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE THE FIRST HARVEST?

An acre of Bamboo forest matures after 4 to 5 years from planting before culms are ready. However, new shoots begin around year 3 and are continually produced for as long as 80-100 years. It is important to consider the density of crop plantation when planning for harvest as well. Therefore, OnlyMoso gives our partners 4 different cultivation options. The denser the cultivation the quicker the bamboo root bed will establish and begin to grow and be ready for harvest.

Other factors that will contribute to how quickly and how profitable a harvest will be include how much water the crop has been given and was the proper amount of fertilizer given. OnlyMoso wants your harvest to be a productive and profitable as possible so we have created a growing guide to help direct all our partners on the best practices to establish the best yield possible.

WHAT ARE THE WEAKNESSES OF BAMBOO?

During the first couple of years, when the plant is still vulnerable, drought must be avoided and irrigation is needed. Typical irrigation in the first three years is 30” of rain: the typical rain fall in most of the USDA Regions 7 and up.

DOES MOSO REQUIRE PESTICIDES OR OTHER TYPE OF CHEMICAL APPLICATIONS?

No, there are no bacteria capable of aggression against the species and variety of Moso Bamboo. It is possible that Mites could colonize leaves; but with no harm to the forest. Bamboo is equipped with natural antibacterial and antifungal agents repelling parasites and bacteria.

This is the exact reason why bamboo is the most appreciated material to produce fabrics replacing cotton. Bamboo fibers offer an excellent transpiration and insulation when infused into apparel. It is hypoallergenic and UV resistant. Its antifungal features are ideal in the production of sports apparel, gloves, and socks against odors and sweat.

WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF FLOODING ON THE PLANTS?

OnlyMoso Giant Bamboo cannot bear long periods under water (flooding); it does not tolerate being submerged for long periods of time. If flooding lasts less than 7 – 10 days, usually the plants will survive. Our experience has shown that plants can survive from 10- 12 days (sometimes as long as 21 days); however, in the case of extreme flooding that persists longer than 12-15 days, these plants may suffer because of these extreme conditions (mainly for lack of oxygen). Obviously, younger plants will have shorter periods for which to resist rather than mature plants; for this reason, these flooding events may cause major damage during first 6-9 months after babyplants are planted.

ARE THE PLANTS SUSCEPTABLE TO BEING EATEN BY WILD ANIMALS?

Yes and No.
Yes, the newly installed plants are susceptible to being eaten by wild animals; but of as much concern are wild animals (or even domesticated animals) eating the mulch (straw). Usually an electric powered wiring around the perimeter may be enough, but we recommend an ecofriendly solution by incorporating a Cayan Pepper paste to discourage such activity.

WHERE DO THE PLANTS ORIGINATE FROM?

OnlyMoso USA has identified, enlisted, and contracted with American Bamboo Nurseries located in the continental Unites States for the supply chain of OnlyMoso Bamboo. All OnlyMoso Bamboo Plants we use to supply Farmers in America are made in United States nurseries using OnlyMoso patented techniques from international cultivation methods and standards selection.

As of 2015, OnlyMoso USA has contracted relationships with six nurseries located throughout the Southeastern US. OnlyMoso USA Corp does not import any bamboo plants from countries outside the United States. The original genetic material (seeds or scions) we have selected to produce the first OnlyMoso plants came from American scientists, and American bamboo collections. After an intense selection and cultivation process, OnlyMoso has found a variety of American Moso Bamboo that matches our extremely high standards for Bamboo in our Operations in Europe and China. From this American breed, we have produced tens/hundreds of thousands of “Mother plants”: and from this stock, we have patented this stock for exclusive use for members of the OnlyMoso Bamboo Union. From this Stock, every 2/3 months we can produce tens/hundreds of thousands more OnlyMoso plants utilizing a pot division propagation technique.

WHAT PERIOD IS IDEAL TO CARRY OUT THE PLANTING AND INSTALLATION?

Spring and Fall are the ideal periods for planting, the best months are September/October till the end of spring. One can avoid summer drought when the plant still needs to settle; therefore, it is suggested that the Fall to Spring is the best time when planting.

WHAT KIND OF SOIL PH IS REQUIRED FOR PLANTING?

Bamboo in general, and particularly Moso Bamboo, can live in 4.2 Ph. up to 8 Ph. The young plants are planted in 4.2 Ph. (a very acidic soil). Moso Bamboo prefers a Ph. of 6.5/7. Moso Bamboo (and specifically OnlyMoso Bamboo) will thrive and grow in soil with a Ph. ranging from 4.5 – 8. The closer the soil is to 6.5, the better; but we do not recommend any application or tactic to get the soil to neutral (7Ph).

HOW MANY PLANTS ARE NEEDED PER ACRE?

Depending on the chosen density (D-200, D-300, D-400, D-500) it is possible to carry out various planting patterns for an OnlyMoso plantation. A thicker planting pattern (D-500) accelerates by a few years the time span needed before reaching a full production (in other words: the bamboo forest gets thicker earlier and faster than compared to D-200 cultivation). In the long run, the productivity per acre will be identical regardless of the chosen density.

WHO WILL PLANT THE PLANTS?

Normally the planting is done by farmers; however, we could deliver the service for an extra cost of $5 per plant as explained on Sale Form (the order-form).

WHAT WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE PLANTING?

It is necessary to work the soil eliminating pest-grass and keeping it soft to ease the expansion of the rhizomes and shorten the needed time before maturity is reached. We can also say that No special care is needed but obviously, some attention shall improve its performance and developing process.

WHAT DO YOUNG PLANTS NEED AFTER BEING PLANTED?

Soon after planting, a good mulching is required; preferably with straw and leaves. This will keep the terrain soft and humid -protecting the root system and rhizomes from temperature swings, increasing the plant development dramatically.

WHAT ABOUT IRRIGATION AND FERTILIZATION?

Fertilization is not mandatory but it certainly does increase the yield per acre. Irrigation and fertilization help obtain higher production volumes.

WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE NECESSARY?

The South-east of the United States is ideal for the cultivation of valuable bamboo species. The Phyllostachys Pubescence (Moso) is a type of bamboo resisting to temperatures as low as -4 F°.

However, we focus primarily on the southern United States (USDA ZONES 7 and ABOVE are ideal). In this climate bamboo produces the best results.

WHERE CAN THE BAMBOO BE CULTIVATED ON A LARGE SCALE?

Being a plant suitable for a moderate climate, it can be successfully grown in tropical regions on an industrial scale. The major producer is China (its north-east region) with a farmed surface of more than 20 Million acres.

Production in China is not enough for covering the domestic consumption and the Chinese government is constantly investing in new forests of selected bamboo species.

WHAT TYPE OF TERRAIN IS NEEDED TO GROW BAMBOO?

All kinds of terrains are fine – however the terrains with higher acidity or neutral Ph. (from 4.5 to 8 ph.) are preferred.

HOW SHOULD I CUT / HARVEST SHOOTS & CULMS BY PERCENTATGES? AND WHAT ARE GOOD HARVESTING TECHNIQUES?

As our experience, President, and Horticulturalists suggest, each harvest is different. Farmers need to choose how and when and how many shoots or culms need to be cut based on their strategy for what they want to deliver to the Market. There are many different factors and variables to be considered.
How much, when, and type (shoot or culm) to harvest depends on the end user in mind. Does the farmer want to sell:

• Beverages
• Fabric
• Textiles
• construction materials
• Furniture materials
• paper production

Each “end user” application in the Market determines how much, when, and what type to harvest.
For example, the Farmer may choose to allot a percentage of the acre to the production of very hard and durable construction material. If we let the culm grow for 2-3 years, the diameter will be larger and the culm will be harder. This will command a higher price on the market; however, the time to produce is longer. If the Farmer sets aside 10% to 30% of this type (2-3-year-old culms) we can then trade broker the harvest on the Market as Quality Wood, Cellulose or durable construction material. Culms will grow to a standard height of 55’ – 80’ after about 60-70 days (This will be typical after the Bamboo bush reaches maturity in the 5th-6th-7th year). Culms will not grow more nor die, but will enter Lignification stage (hardening) and become more and more solid; but the culm will not die. These culms will reach maximum hardness after 3 -5 years (again, once the bush is matured) depending on Climate and local environmental conditions.

If the Culms are not cut after the 3rd – 4th year, they will continue to harden and live for another 10-12 years. After that point, the culm will die (but not the bush). But in our Association of ONLYMOSO USA CORP Union of Farmers, will not let them grow for 10-12 years because our interest is to cut them earlier, keeping our bamboo forest always young and constantly growing more bamboo!

Bamboo Shoots, on the other hand, have a different procedure, schedule, and methodology to the harvesting. A Farmer may choose to harvest up to 90% of the shoots letting the rest become culms. We know from our Chinese horticultural experts that a well-managed plantation, following excellent procedures (that we share with our Member Farmers), a forest can release an incredible amount of Shoots in a given season.

Well Managed forests can deliver 2 pounds of Shoots per 10 square feet. The yield for the shoot will be approximately 8800 shoots per acre per year. In this example we would collect 8800 shoots and leave the rest (2,000) to grow into culms during the summer for the Autumn harvest.
Shoots are harvested in March & April. Culms are harvested in September & October.
Additionally, there is an opportunity for a second winter harvest of shoots in January (depending on the USDA Zone the bush is located within). Shoots harvested in January-February will not affect the number of shoots for the March-April harvest. Winter shoots in China are valued at $2.00

3 times higher than conventional standard spring Shoots because of their tenderness, texture, and flavor.

Labor time for an average harvest would be about 300 – 400 lbs. of shoots per hour and 15 – 20 canes / culms per hour. For this reason, one acre with 6,000 lbs. of shoots would require a man dedicate 15 – 20 labor hours. If the Farmer harvests 400 culms an acre, we would need 20 – 25 hours to harvest culms per acre.
Culms may be cut when the height reaches 40’ – 45’ and over; however, Market demand and prices dictates on how old and for which reason / scope we’ll need these culms / poles.

There are many variables that only the market and Industries involved may answer; the only good answer is that ONLYMOSO USA CORP will have 3-5 Agronomists explaining very carefully how to harvest following experience, horticultural directives, and market demand as we respond from our Brokerage arm in Miami. OnlyMoso is building with our Affiliate Partner Farmers a Bamboo supply union in order to command the highest market prices for all members in the Union. OnlyMoso will set up strategies according to the different variables involved and deep studies on market demand from different Industries who will purchase our Culms and Shoots.

DOES IT GROW ALSO ON SLOPES?

Yes, the OnlyMoso bamboo does grow also on slopes and can form an excellent barrier to hydrologic instability, reducing significantly all risks related to landslides. OnlyMoso also makes an excellent wind break for wind erosion.

WHO WILL DO THE HARVEST?

The harvest pick-up is guaranteed by OnlyMoso USA as per the Buy Back Agreement; every farmer may choose the best way for the farm within the fields (using his own LABOR or WORKFORCE); the farmer is responsible to loading the trucks that OnlyMoso provides, store the harvest. OnlyMoso will collect the Harvest on the same day of the harvest. We will collect the entire output using affiliated logistic partners.

WHAT ARE THE PICK-UP OPTIONS?

It is up to the farmer to choose between delivering bamboo already harvested or let OnlyMoso organize the job. Prices will change accordingly.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE ONE PERSON TO HARVEST THE CULMS?

One person can harvest between 10 and 20 CULMS per hour, depending on the type of terrain and his mobility.

WHERE DOES ONLYMOSO SELL THE PRODUCTION (CULMS AND SHOOTS)?

The task of OnlyMoso is to identify the most profitable sectors achieving the bests sales prices. Bamboo offers more than 1500 commercial applications in industries such as furniture, flooring, construction, textile, paper, biomass, cosmetics, food, and sport drinks – just to name a few. Since bamboo is an extremely hard wood, resistant and aesthetically nice, one of the most profitable applications is the production of furniture panels, floors, (boards, parquet), garden furniture and much more. Besides, thanks to the high content of cellulose it offers, it is mostly used to produce paperboard and paper, green fuels and biomass.

With regards to the shoots, the fresh market (direct delivery to food chains and stores) is one of the most profitable areas and we want to be the leading company supplying European and American demand (EUPORE, JAPAN ECT) for bamboo shoots (we are certain to become the first in 5-6 years). Moreover, once our position is consolidated, the offer of our raw materials derived from Bamboo, having no impact on the environment and offering endless advantages in terms of purchase price, durability, renewability and beauty, will create a true domino effect at all levels taking our company to further expand into first hand manufacturing processes.

WHO GUARANTEES THE CONDITIONS OF THE BUY BACK AGREEMENT?

OnlyMoso guarantees in writing (and articulated in the contract) all buy-back terms and is committed to sell the annual production of culms and shoots whose price shall be determined as per stock market quotations. OnlyMoso USA is also in the process of putting together a CD (certificate of deposit) for each farmer to solidify the Buy-Back Agreement.

HOW DO I KNOW THIS BUSINESS MODEL ACTUALLY WORKS?

The business model is not a new one and it’s been successfully used all over the world. The production of American OnlyMoso giant bamboo could quickly overcome Chinese competition and this trend is already in progress. Chinese exports of bamboo show signs of a slow-down and the Chinese government is taking great efforts to create a domestic market as an alternative keeping pace with the continued development of new forests.

This trend is due to a steady improvement of the US economy that -from year to year – makes it a bit harder for the Chinese to export to the US. This is exactly what we intend to do also in the bamboo industry: develop bamboo production locally in the US and keep import away from our borders! There is good land in the US, there is money, there is a good climate in large parts of the country, there is a huge market and hardworking farmers now massively in need of new opportunities – we are getting there.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF ONLYMOSO USA?

ONLYMOSO USA will Guarantee to our affiliated producers for an unlimited amount of time to entirely buy-back the full production of culms, rhizomes, and shoots quoted at the best market price for every new harvest. We will assist our affiliates for the continuous breeding and care of their plantations. We will promote, foster, an enhance the use of American bamboo within the United States and abroad. We will enlarge our sales network of selected/certified plantations and we will lead educational research processes for the perusal of our affiliates highlighting all benefits related to bamboo and bamboo derived products.

It is our Mission to help our affiliates realize their growth and profitability through their certified OnlyMoso giant bamboo plantations using financially associated institutions and we will ensure correct follow-up and management for every single plantation taking care of every single detail from planting to harvest.

WHY DO I HAVE TO KEEP MY CAPITAL INVESTED FOR 3/5 YEARS?

No investment pays back big in the short term. Nowadays, those playing with stock markets and commodities are lucky enough when they break even trying hard to keep their savings. We must consider the relevant numbers waiting for us, once the sprouts are ready for being collected and once the culms are ready for being harvested. As the break-even is reached, we are talking about consistent profits with minimal expenses.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ITALIAN UNION OR ONLYMOSO USA CORP DOES NOT BUY-BACK SHOOTS AND CULMS?

We are linked to a global market where these products are sold every minute. Consider also that the demand for bamboo, as a primary material, is steadily increasing. Bamboo wood is superior to any other type of wood for its beauty, durability and hardness. You could use a hammer on it without causing a scratch. Due to the very limited supply, a parquet in bamboo is costly but our supply shall make this affordable to many building contractors and retailers. In any case if we disappear you will not remain with EMPTY HANDS, but rather with a GREEN MINE producing GOODS for decades to come; and if we all disappear Farmers will surely find others ready to purchase these goods.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? WHERE CAN WE COME TO VISIT THE PLANTS?

The office of OnlyMoso USA Corp is in Sunrise Florida. All plants are in the nursery greenhouses at our nursery farms and not open to the public for sanitary reasons and of course for Research & Development reasons.

We cooperate/own 7 nurseries. We have over hundreds of thousands of plants in the Nurseries and we are planning to reach 5 million plants in 2017. Some are showroom nurseries and others are R&D Nurseries. Some nurseries are only for growing. When you are ready to close the contract and if Farmers have all other questions answered. But there only reservation is seeing the nursery then we will take then to see the plants. But if they are coming here to see the plants then we expect to have a signed contract by the end of that visit.

WHY ARE THE PLANTS SO EXPENSIVE?

Compared to what? Apples or bananas? What one must consider is the relationship between the initial investment and profits. From the first harvest, the initial investment will be entirely covered by 1-3 times for every new harvest, for an endless period, this figure shall remain a full profit less the little expenses dedicated to manual labor for maintenance and to Harvest.

WHAT IF ONLYMOSO CORP GOES INTO BANKRUPTCY?

We are not dealing here with financial bubbles nor we are selling stock options based on virtual numbers or a virtual business.
We are basically evolved farmers, you own the land and the plants, which shall remain yours, we own the market and we sell commodities per tons.
Very simply, we are putting you up and running for the production of bamboo sprouts and culms.
Should we ever disappear, all you have to do is contact the nearest broker and have them entirely collect your harvest and collect the cash for the market price precisely as we’ll do with a granted production paying you back every year 2 to 4 times the figure of the initial investment for your entire life every year.
We are not going to disappear as we are the first and only company like this with the Bamboo market and this can only grow bigger every day.

HOW MUCH WILL ONLYMOSO USA CORP RETAIN ON REVENUES?

We ensure to our customers the best purchase prices as determined by global stock markets. Within this revenue, we need to ensure equal policies and prices for each and every one of our many affiliates.

Our enterprise ensures the full buy back process giving you no hassles but simple and clean profits. continued benefit for the years to come and, due to the longevity a generosity of bamboo, for the generations to come. It is important to consider Moso Bamboo as a diversification within an active Farm. This diversification fights against the lowering prices of commodities in corn, cotton, and soybeans.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SELL TO ANOTHER BROKER AFTER I SIGNED THE BUY BACK AGREEMENT?

Once ready, should they find better marketing opportunities, Farmers are free to sell their production to any broker. We have invested in the farmer and we have helped the farmer to progress and obviously, should the farmer leave our union, as for any other single side decision when arranging for a common agreement, there is a penalty to be paid.
Obviously if the case should arise, we are talking about a one-time penalty when the farmer, with the first harvest, has covered already the entire amount by 2 to 4 times the initial investment. The penalty paid for exiting our union is 200% of the discount Farmers enjoyed when signing Order Form and Relative joint BUY-BACK agreement (discount ranges 10% – 20 % depending on different discounts).

AND IF PRICES WOULD DUMP FAR TOO LOW?

OnlyMoso USA Corp. will protect at its best all interests the all of our farmers and affiliates.
Nevertheless, our selling options are following the prices offered by the global market.
World consumption of bamboo and bamboo derived products is growing every day by tenfold and those countries, where a large share of the domestic turnover is based on profits offered by the industrial exploitation of bamboo, can hardly meet the ever growing demand.
As for any new enterprise, new farmers re-engineering their production cycle, shall encounter a marginal amount of risks.
If you start with a minimal plan, let’s say 2-3 acres, out of the many you have, you could ensure to your company and to your family a continued benefit for the years to come and, due to the longevity and generosity of bamboo, for the generations to come. It is important to consider Moso Bamboo as a diversification within an active Farm. This diversification fights against the lowering prices of commodities in corn, cotton, and soybeans.