Decorate Your Home with Bamboo

19 01 2010

By : Dave de Castro

It’s really hard from us to decorate our house so perfectly and design our house so naturally. If you want to decorate your house naturally with the perfect blend of environment, bamboo is the right choice from you. Bamboo has increasing popularity in creating elegant yet cheap furniture compared to other kinds of materials. So if you really want some changes, all you need to do is take down those old curtains and replace them with the natural, tropical beauty of bamboo blinds.

Bamboo blind comes into fashion as window treatments. It has been have been a fixture in traditional oriental homes for many centuries. In East, it also use as room dividers or partitions. It hung like a wooden waterfall marking the border between one rooms to another. In Japanese view bamboos used as a barrier to protect their lands against evil spirits. In China, bamboo manifested strength, endurance, longevity, flexibility, prosperity and great achievements.

As a matter fact, bamboo plants invades the hardwood industry as perfect alternative solution of wood. Unlike other materials that come and go, bamboo holds its potential because of its sustainability and environment-friendly nature. From being a relic on ancient history, bamboo shows its potential becoming a hottest design in the future.





Luck and Prosperity from Bamboo Plant

13 01 2010

By : David de Castro

A bamboo plant is not just a simple plant. It performs a major role in human and animal’s life. Bamboo plants are now gaining its popularity as the world’s fastest growing grass which makes it to a very cheap resource. It grows extremely fast and needs little care. Bamboos can grow very high and some other bamboos may reach its maximum height of 60 feet.
No wonder that bamboo plants have been used in construction since centuries because of its very hard wood. Aside from using this plant in producing furniture, carpets, fences and many other things, it is even used as a medicine in treating several diseases such as respiratory problems.
Bamboo’s spreading popularity in many countries and continents is no surprise. More and more people like using bamboo as an ornamental aesthetics in their gardens because of its compact, fast growing and green characteristics that also makes it to a cheap, natural and perfect fence.
Amid that incredible uses, bamboo are increasing its popularity as a charm or Lucky Bamboo started in China. Most households are filled with bamboo plants because of the legend that it brings luck to the bearer and gives strong energy to the place where it is. But wait, lucky bamboo plant is not a bamboo but just a simple house plant. But since it look like a bamboo and brings luck to us, we keep calling it Lucky Bamboo. Now-a-days, its arrangement has become the most attractive gift.





Bamboo: Alternative Flooring Resources

12 01 2010

By : David de Castro

Bamboo is creating its name and having an increasing popularity in flooring option. Honestly speaking this incredible plant is not a wood, bamboo is a grass. A very durable hard form of grass having a great potential as a flooring resources.   Bamboo is a great alternative resource because of its hardiness with unique beautiful appearance like wood flooring. Bamboo is one of the hardiest woods existed, more stable than other woods because it has a better moist resistance and durability. Bamboo is not solid, it compose of strips material which undergoes into machine processes to increase its strength and resistance twice than any other similar woods. The good thing in this plant is after harvested it can re-grow quickly and ready for harvest again in a short period of time. Bamboo is a natural flooring material because it is environmental friendly and creating a natural looks to your home. Bamboo flooring also has many benefits, It costs up to 50% less than conventional flooring, it can be easily installed over many types of subfloor and quickly renewable. Upgrade your house using this natural resource to make a green way looking at things.





Is Your Ficus Hedge Dying? Clumping Bamboo Is Your Solution.

11 01 2010

By Scott Freedman

Be careful what you wish for. For years Ficus species, from shrub to backyard menace have been the red headed stepchild of the landscape community. Throughout the building of Florida, Builders continually turned to every species of Ficus to fill any void or space for as cheaply as possible. From small hedge to pipe strangling & driveway cracking large shade tree, the Ficus was used wherever it would or would not fit. To landscapers and public works teams alike this has resulted in a love hate relationship with the species. Lately it seems like many lawn crew workers and chemical executives prayers have been answered, because the Ficus is dying, and fast too. They are calling it Ficus decline, but it is simply a whitefly that is sucking the life out of Florida’s Ficus Shrubs and trees. Your choices are simple, fight an ever long battle with expensive “imidicloriprid” treatments that make chemical companies rich and have been proven to be killing our honey bees. Yes that’s right, the treatment for Ficus decline is the same chemical that has been proven in Europe to have caused the colony collapse of recent years. You can hold on to your ficus hedge for as long as you wish to spend, but eventually all ficus owners and fans must seek out a solution.

These new world problems call for intelligent, and sometimes old world solutions. One cannot get older than Bamboo. Since ancient times man has been using bamboo to solve a multitude of problems and achieve a large variety of tasks. And for thousands of years in Southern China and Japan, many species of Bamboo have been carefully selected and groomed as premium hedge material. These varieties of clumping hedge bamboo offer one an intelligent, environmentally friendly, low maintenance solution to the Ficus hedge disaster. In the following paragraphs I will show the subtle differences in the varieties and cultivars of Oriental hedge bamboo. These choice bamboo cultivars have recently swept their way across the United States as the latest in chic, and are available from specialty online retailers from Florida to California and everywhere in between.

Here are 3 tips to help select the right Bamboo for your Ficus replacement hedge.

1. Size matters. Ask yourself what is the height you will keep your hedge at:
– Small hedges up to 10’ use Bambusa multiplex varieties of stripestem or hedge bamboo.
– Medium size hedges from 10’-15’ should use bambusa multiplex; fernleaf, alphonse karr, or Hedge variety.
-Large size hedges have the most options. For a groomed 15’-30’+ hedge in 2 years or less, use Gracilis, Seabreeze, SIlverstripe or for a 40’+ thick and impassable hedge use Bambusa Ventricosa commonly and deceptively named Buddha Belly as it doesn’t belly in the landscape and grows 3” thick culms. (Bambusa Wamin is the real Buddha belly, a dwarf that grows 12’ with swollen internodes or bellies.)

2. What look do you want- traditional hedge or open screen? Bamboo affords lots of options when choosing your hedge material.
-The Multiplex varieties of bamboo such as fernleaf, stripestem, silverstripe , Alphonse Karr and hedge each are cultivars of the same species of bamboo. A cultivar is a specific collected variety of a species. Each of the above bamboo is the same plant each collected for its own unique genetic anomaly. Alphonse Karr has yellow canes, fernleaf has tiny leaves, stripestem has tiny leaves with stripes occasionally, they are all very similar in their overall shape. The Multiplex family of bamboo are your best choice for a tight or boxed look and will give a very hearty thick look.
– For larger hedges, living walls and privacy screens my favorite bamboo hands down is Seabreeze Bamboo or Bambusa Malingensis Seabreeze. This bamboo is preferred for hedges up to 30’ tall. Seabreeze can be boxed tight at anywhere from 12’-30’ and is a large leaf than the Multiplex varieties. Seabreeze gives the perfect mix of traditional bamboo looks with the required coverage to afford proper privacy. Seabreeze has something other bamboo does not, lateral branching. Seabreeze branches right down to the ground and keeps its leaves on every branch, to achieve the ultimate in bamboo hedge privacy. If you have the height and space Seabreeze is a wonderful choice that is sure to impress with each growing season.

3. Remember to leave room. You will purchase your bamboo small as is it only sold small because it grows in so quickly. From 3 gallon containers you should expect your bamboo to reach maturity within 36 months. That’s up to 30’ in 36 months, pretty amazing! Even small bamboo like stripestem needs room to grow. When planning your bamboo hedge leave at least 4’ between plants to allow for growing in. Bamboo grows so quickly you will glad you did. For more scenic and larger areas bamboo hedge material can be planted as far as 12’ apart. Seabreeze on 12’ centers is beautiful as you can see the silouete of each clump at ground level, but they merge at about 10’ to form a dense privacy screen, it is truly having your cake and eating it too.





Selecting The Right Bamboo For Pots and Planters: 3 Things To Remember

11 01 2010

By: Scott Freedman

Tropical Clumping Bamboo is a quickly gaining popularity as an incredibly ornate and fascinating landscape ornamental throughout the Southern United States and Into California. Through its diverse shape and color range bamboo captivates, as one learns of its seemingly endless variations. The fact is there are over 1200 different types of bamboo plants in cultivation, known worldwide. They range from the largest timber species like the 12’ diameter 100’+ Giant Guadua Bamboo of South America to the smallest known ground cover Dwarf Fernleaf which tops out at only 6”. With this point in mind some bamboo plants are better suited for pot culture than others. I will go over 3 important points to keep in mind when selecting and working with bamboo in pots.

Point 1. When selecting species, the smaller the leaf size, the less water the bamboo will require. Bamboo can be a very thirsty plant, even indoors. Some Large leaf tropical bamboo can use a considerable amount of water per day, so selection of these species should be limited to a large pot or planter. Large leaf Bamboo is usually reserved for 5 gallon pot size or larger. Oldhamii, Chungii Blue, and both Tropical and Lako Black Bamboo are all examples of large leaf, tropical bamboo that are suitable for large pots or planters.

Point 2: Clumping tropical bamboo needs medium to high light to thrive in a pot. These tropical plants are used to the full sun and high humidity of the tropics. They do not thrive in the same places you can grow “Lucky Bamboo”. If there is limited light try selecting a temperate or Running variety. These are the dwarf varieties found in the Sasa and Pleoblastius genus, and are often more tolerant of partial to full shade as many are understory plants found in the sub tropical forests of China and Japan. These bamboo species are prized and collected for their delicate form and decorative leaf variegation and colors. Other Clumping selections for limited light are Buddha belly ventricosa and any of the b. multiplex varieties, particularly stripestem, fernleaf & silverstripe. Alphonse Karr bamboo is exquisite when kept in pots while in partial shade.

Point 3. Large bamboo will only grow to a fraction of their documented mature height when grown in a pot. It is a great way to tame a giant 50’ Oldhamii Timber bamboo into a 17’-20’ large planter showpiece. There are so many amazing bamboo species that are just too big to be practical for most of us. The famed Black Lako is amazing at 50’+ in the landscape and it is also amazing kept at 12’ in a large 15 gallon planter kept poolside. Expect your potted bamboo to grow between 30%-50% of its in ground height and cane diameter.





Growing Bamboo Plants in Landscape

11 01 2010

Bamboo plant is a fast growing and one of the most versatile plants in the world. Undeniable, this popular plant has many uses and perform a vital roles in our environment. This incredible plant can be an excellence to your garden or landscape.

To have a perfect bamboo landscaping, you need to consider the right bamboo plants for you. When choosing the right bamboo for you always think the potential and invasiveness of your bamboo. Make it sure you maintain the status of your bamboo. Always have a regular care and control in your bamboo. Choose the right place for the bamboo. It needs a fair amount of sun, either full or partial shade depending to the type of bamboo you have. In heavy soil put organic materials or used a right fertilizer for your bamboo. Watered your bamboo for the first several weeks but not to over-water, too little water is better than too much. Bamboo is adaptable and versatile, it requires little care once established. Always remember three important things in caring your bamboo: mulching, fertilizing, and watering. Bamboo is beautiful plant with unique characteristics. This plant is perfect for privacy and best for your garden.





Health Benefits and Wonder of Bamboo Shoots

6 01 2010

new canesBamboo shoots are young, new canes which are harvested for food before they are two weeks old or one-foot tall. This is now very popular for food in different country because of its tenderness and crispiness. So how Nutritious are Bamboo Shoots? Bamboo shoots having a high fiber content help prevent chronic constipation and plays a role in preventing colon cancer. When it come to phytochemicals, natural substances such Lignas and Phenolic acids can be found in this shoots. Lignas is anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral while Phenolic acids are potent antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidant help prevent cancer and blood vessel injury. It also contain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B , Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein, and Calories to help build our body resistance. Bamboo shoots are also a good source of Potassium which maintain our normal blood pressure and normal heartbeat.





The Bamboo Plants Propagation

5 01 2010

new bamboo seedlingSince bamboo plants have many uses and serve a vital role in our environment and landscape. This article talks about the proper way and different kind of bamboo propagation. There are three different ways to propagate bamboo that bamboo lovers really enjoy. The propagation include: growing from seed, the plant division, and vegetative propagation. Always consider that in propagating bamboo plant, timing is one of the key success for better propagation and beautiful landscape.

Growing bamboo from seed – Bamboo is known for its unusual flowering. It’s really hard to have a bamboo seeds because bamboo plants flower and seed is infrequently. However, if you have a chance to have some seed it germinates you could have a new clone on your hands this is the best method of bamboo propagation since clump age would be known at the initial stage of its life cycle.

Plant division propagation – In propagating bamboo plants in this method, first you must select a section of bamboo plant you wish to transplant. Using the right materials dig the section out and plant it in their new location. However, removing to many offsets from the bamboo plant can damage the remaining clump because more energy on their rhizome and lower culms.

Vegetative propagation – This is the most traditionally technique in propagating the bamboo. There are several ways to accomplishing vegetative propagation including culm cuttings, branch node cuttings and whole culm burial. This also usually called since the plant produced will be identical to the parent bamboo.





Buddha Belly Bamboo Plants

28 12 2009

The next series of post will I discuss different kinds of bamboo plants to help you choose the right bamboo plants for you.

The first Bamboo plants that I will feature is Buddha Belly Bamboo Plants, which mostly found in Florida and California.

Buddha Belly Bamboo Plants grows with the maximum height of 16 feet and 3 inches in diameter, this bamboo plant can live at the maximum temperature of 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

Buddha Belly Bamboo is one of the most beautiful type of bamboo, because of its unique sexy shape that will surely magnetized your eyes, to be amaze in its beauty.





Christmas trees made out of bamboo?

10 12 2009

When I was surfing the net yesterday, I was searching for a special Christmas tree then suddenly dump up in to a blog that I quote:

“When I lived in the Philippines, we had a Christmas tree assembled out of bamboo. Every year I search online for a source for these, but this year, as previously, I’ve come up empty. Does anyone know who sells them? It was my understanding at the time that they were very common (there), but now all trace of them seems to have vanished.”

Christmas a very special occasion for every Christians around the world, and for someone for is looking to have a different Christmas, he requested a Bamboo Christmas tree and hope this product that i found helps.

A true original and very nice Bamboo Christmas Tree is sure to be a conversation piece at the home or office. Perfect for smaller spaces. This is a real live 4′-5′ Stripestem bamboo in its 3 gallon pot, neatly decorated with lights and assorted ornaments. Our bamboo Christmas tree can be grown & kept indoors or out in its pot for months of enjoyment. After The holidays the decorations can be removed and it becomes a beautiful potted bamboo. Our bamboo Christmas tree comes complete ready to unbox and display fully decorated and dressed in a large Bali Bamboo Planter. (a bamboo plants online exclusive).

Here is the link: http://bambooplantsonline.com/Bamboo_for_Pots/143/Bamboo_Christmas_Tree_Special.html

Hope this one helps.