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Is Bamboo Invasive?

Commercial Bamboo Farming Frequent Question:

Bamboo is a fast-growing type of woody grass which is quite often mistaken as a species of trees. It even produces leaves and grows upwards with hollow shoots. Bamboos are the largest member of the species of grass with over 1,000 different types and are considered to be the fastest growing plants in the world.

Most people who partake in commercial bamboo farming or plant them as a hobby, know that it is an exotic and beautiful plant that comes in a variety of colors that can brighten your landscape. This plant, however, has been known to take over the area where it has been planted – which poses the question, is Bamboo invasive?

To answer this question very briefly; not all varieties of this plant are invasive. On the contrary, it is extremely easy to manage. It can even be grown inside a container, which makes it the perfect houseplant. While bamboos are known for their aggressive growth habits, not all of these bamboos are considered to be invasive.

What Is The Difference Between Clumping and Running Bamboo?

There are two types of bamboo – “Clumping” and “Running”.   

Clumping bamboo has a pachymorph rhizome system which signifies that their underground buds turn upwards and take the shape of canes almost immediately.

Running types, on the other hand, travel several feet outwards while producing canes depending on the season.

Clumping Bamboo is known to gradually expand at a predictable and modest rate, which is why they are considered to be easy to maintain and non-invasive. This in itself answers the question, “Is Bamboo invasive?” These types of Bamboo average at about 10 to 15 ft which increases at a rate of about 1 to 3 ft per year.

Running Bamboo, on the other hand, spreads at a moderate to fast pace. They have a leptomorph rhizome system which signifies that their rhizomes don’t usually turn into canes. Instead, they push through the soil and produce new rhizomes that are perpendicular to the parent stem. This is the very reason why they are able to cover so much ground annually as opposed to clumping.

Mature Running Bamboo spreads to about 3 to 5 ft on an average basis and the same in accordance to their height. In some extreme cases, Running Bamboo has spread to 15 ft in just one season while some species and genera range to almost 80 ft tall!

Why Plant Bamboo?

Bamboo is known to come in a large variety of colors. This includes variety with stalks of varying colors like red, yellow and even dark green. If you add a little of these stalks here and there, your landscape could easily experience an explosion of color and become a center of attention. Some varieties even have a growth rate of approximately 10 ft per year so they can be setup up to work as a privacy fence in no time.

If bamboo is planted in rows, they can even form into attractive hedges which can be easily maintained to stay a certain height. You don’t even have to worry about hurting your hedges by pruning them as they can quickly regenerate.

What’s more? When these bamboos are planted in groups, they can work towards preventing soil erosion on hills and slopes. Even the regenerative properties of the plant make it a very eco-friendly resource for homes, furniture, food, and paper. While these were benefits of commercial bamboo farming, they can even be used as a great decorative fixture in your home.

If you’re planning on having one in your home, you don’t even need to worry about having limited space. If you simply place these in a container like a pot, they won’t spread and will even look excellent as indoor décor or on your home’s patios or porches. They will not only flourish in every low-light environment but are also known to bring its owner fresh air, luck and peace!

What About Caring For Bamboo?

Bamboo is often referred to as the go-to plant that is fuss-free and low maintenance. This makes them the perfect plant for beginners or those people who plan to plant them indoors. It doesn’t even matter whether the plant receives partial or full sunlight as it can grow in a variety of lighting conditions – although it will grow to its full potential in the full sun. The only thing Bamboo owners will have to be careful about is that the plant may need a little protection in the harsh summer heat.

Bamboo plants have the ability to adapt to natural soil even when it is heavy in clay or very sandy; just as long as it can drain well. All potential owners will have to be careful about watering them. They will have to ensure that the bamboo gets about an inch of water per week. You can even add a three-layer inch of mulch around the plant so that the soil retains nutrients and moisture.

OnlyMoso: Your Green Mine

OnlyMoso offers both Moso Bamboo and Asper Bamboo – both of which fall in the category of non-invasive Clumping Bamboos. We offer giant bamboos as an excellent resource for eco-sustainability. They do so by keeping soil compact and preventing erosion caused by water. This plant does not require any machinery, pesticides or harsh chemicals for maintenance and has the ability to reduce greenhouse gases. The OnlyMoso Giant is an example of Bamboos that have the ability to absorb up to five times more carbon dioxide while producing thirty-five percent more oxygen as opposed to other types of trees.

We are offering landowners and farmers the opportunity to make their own OnlyMoso Bamboo Farm with 50% financing from our company and 0% interest on plantation costs.

There will also be discounts for large farms and mass purchases while the estimated ROI from a fully harvested acre can be 30k per acre per year from Moso Bamboo. Asper Bamboo, on the other hand, has an estimated annual ROI of 40k per acre per year. You can find out more by visiting our website or calling us for more information at (877) 340-6755. “Your Green Mine” is just a call away!