My Bamboo Curtain Saga

While posting about my Bamboo chair, it reminded me that I have Bamboo growing in my Asian Corner. The Bambusa Oldhamii.
(The word Bamboo comes from Bambusa which is from Bambu, originating from the Kannada people of S. India whose language can be traced back to 300 B.C.)

We acquired our 2 teeny-weeny 14″  bamboo pieces from an undeveloped lot & stuck it in a small pot. It took almost 6 months to come alive & bear miniscule leaves. 1 day in spring we decided to put them into the ground to see what would happen. Nothing till mid summer, then more & more leaves began appearing from these skinny 14″ bamboo pieces. 1 day all the leaves disappeared without a trace! No dried leaves on the ground, no remnant bits. For a month, each time we saw small leaves appear then 3 days later, not a leaf left. Those 2 pathetic vertical things really looked like those disposal chopsticks from Chinese takeaways!

1 early morning we found a group of wild rabbits gathered around, enjoying their tasty home grown “chop-suey”. (Speak of feeling bamboozled!)
Out came leftover of my cheap plastic fence which I had used as bean support, and used it as a protective barrier.

Bamboo Babes in their little protected "cage".

Bamboo Babes in their little protected “cage”.

Then the growing really began ….
Now they are big enough for their leaves to be shared. Rabbits can have as much as they want … IF their bunny teeth are strong enough to bite off those thick shoot leaf-wraps. (Some rabbit poop found at times.)

Thick culms; thick shoots

Thick culms; thick shoots

Self-mulching, super strong but flexible Bambusa.

Self-mulching, super strong but flexible Bambusa.

These thick established Bamboos are now part of our hurricane barriers disguised as genteel, oriental, ornamental grass in our Asian corner… my American Bamboo Curtain… er, nothing about communism here  😀

Oldhamii shoots ~ nice and thick.

Oldhamii shoots ~ nice and thick.

One day I hope to have so many shoots that I can comfortably harvest some with no 2nd thoughts to make Dumplings, Soups and Stir-fries.
(No plan in the pipeline to build furniture!)

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