Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants. Bamboo is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the family Poaceae (grasses). There are almost 1500 species of bamboo that can be found in Asia, Australia, North and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Bamboo can grow on different altitudes and under various climate conditions, but it prefers tropical climate. Bamboo is one of the most exploited plants on the planet because its cultivation doesn’t require too much effort. Besides low cost of maintenance, bamboo has numerous applications. It can be used in medicine, in the building industry, for the production of various woody objects or as an ingredient of numerous delicious meals. Interesting Bamboo Facts: Size of bamboo depends on the species. Largest species of bamboo can reach 1300 feet in height. Bamboo can grow either as woody, tall plant or as shorter, herbaceous plant. Individual stems of bamboo are called culms. They arise from the underground rhizome and emerge from the ground fully developed. Flowers of bamboo are rarely seen. Some species of bamboo develop flowers after 65 or 120 years. Interesting fact about flowering is that all plants of one bamboo species develop flowers at the same time, no matter where they are located in the world. Besides from rhizome, bamboo can develop from the seeds arranged in clusters at the end of the branches. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants. Because of these features, bamboo greatly decreases amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and cleans the air. Bamboo does not require fertilizers for optimal growth. Discarded leaves of bamboo provide all needed nutrients when they start to decompose. Bamboo has wide and strong root system which holds the soil stable and prevents erosion of the ground. Bamboo is often used in Asian cuisine. It can be served as salad or consumed in the form of soup. Young shoots of bamboo contain toxin called taxiphyllin. Because of that, bamboo needs to be cooked (high temperature destroys toxin) before consumption. Various animals on the planet used bamboo in their diet. Panda’s diet is based on bamboo exclusively, while mountain gorilla and lemurs of the Madagascar eat bamboo to enrich their regular diet. Bamboo is used in folk medicine to treat infections and to accelerate healing of the wounds. Bamboo has stronger structure than steel and it is widely used in the construction industry. Other than that, bamboo is used in the manufacture of floors, furniture, house walls, skateboards, bicycle frames and helmets. Bamboo can survive more than 120 years in the wild.

MORE BAMBOO FACTS: Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It has been around for over 30 million years and still going strong. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants. Bamboo has over 1400 species known today and still counting. Bamboo is one of the most exploited plants on the planet because its cultivation doesn’t require too much effort. Besides low cost of maintenance, bamboo has numerous applications. It can be used in medicine, in the building industry, for the production of various woody objects or as an ingredient of numerous delicious meals. Bamboo has stronger structure than steel and it is widely used in the construction industry. Other than that, bamboo is used in the manufacture of floors, furniture, house walls, skateboards, bicycle frames, helmets, clothing, bedding and of course….food. Bamboo can survive more than 120 years in the wild.

Why I love BAMBOO

Bamboo pic one–  Bamboo is one of the very few trees (actually a plant) which can match the rate of human consumption and deforestation. It can reach full maturity in 1 to 5 years. The usual woody trees take almost 30 to 40 years!!!

Did you know Bamboo is renewable?!! When you harvest Bamboo, new shoots are left in the same spot and more trees grow in that location automatically no need for fertilizer or replanting.

– Thomas Alva Edison’s first working lightbulb contained a bamboo filament. 😉

– The tensile strength of Bamboo is 28,000 PSI. Just for comparison. The tensile strength of Steel is just 24,000 PSI. (WOW)

– Clothes made from Bamboo are hypo-allergenic meaning it naturally contains anti-bacterial agent and also is anti-fungal. (Cool…huh?)

–   Around ONE BILLION people live in houses made from Bamboo-Who knew?

– Most redwoods have a 500 to 700 year lifespan, but some can live over 2000 years! Imagine destroying something that started growing in biblical times just to make a fence! In that same amount of time, one bamboo plant – which can be continually harvested every three years — could have been cut and re-grown over 650 times. OKAY…..SOLD!

Last but not the least….

The most cutest animal in the world, The Panda ABSOLUTELY LOVES bamboo! So thats a good enough reason why Bamboo is amazing! 😀

BAMBOO: The Eco-Exotic Wood of the Future

Do You know….

 That Bamboo has a wide variety of uses from building materials, food, to baby clothes? The shoots or new “culms” that come out of the ground are edible. They are used in numerous Asian dishes and broths.  It is known for it’s sweet taste and good source of nutrients. In traditional medicine, the silicious concretion found in the young culms known as  “bamboo Manna” is said to be a tonic for respiratory disease. Bamboo Fibers are used to make fabric which is extremely soft, absorbent, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, UV resistant and Thermo-regulating. And of course, Bamboo is a great construction material because it is very strong, lightweight and extremely durable. The very dense fibers in each bamboo cane give the plant extreme flexibility, allowing it to bend without snapping and because of this amazing tensile strength Bamboo structures are known to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour! In earthquakes, a bamboo forest is actually a very safe place to take shelter, and houses made of bamboo have been known to withstand 9.0 magnitude quakes. For thousands of years bamboo has been the go-to building material for most of the world. It is believed that if bamboo were planted on a mass basis it could completely reverse the effects of global warming in just 6 years, while providing a renewable source of food, building material, and erosion prevention. That is why Bamboo is becoming the new “Eco-Exotic” wood of the future!

Bamboo Building Materials and Garden Suppliers

Bamboo building materials are not only beautiful but very durable as well. Our Bamboo fencing, bamboo poles and bamboo slats can be used for privacy or to enhance a wall or large structure. Our commercial grade palm thatch is a great way to add an island tropical feel to a patio or gazebo and will last for years.Our bamboo wind chimes and garden fountains will add tranquility to you backyard sanctuary. Visit our website @ http://www.decoratewithbamboo.com and discover over 500 Eco-Friendly bamboo items!

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Bamboo Paneling- Tortoise 4′ x 8′ – 393-TPT

Bamboo Paneling is a cost effective way to add nature and beauty to any decor. Bamboo paneling can be used to wrap around posts, to cover walls, ceilings, bars, kitchen island fronts, wainscoting, etc. In addition to being easy to install and cost effective, our bamboo covering is flexible, making it the ideal wall covering material. It is also very hard and durable and can be used either indoors or outdoors.

Bamboo Wall Covering- Tortoise Pattern

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Valentine’s Day Lucky Bamboo Arrangments at Great Prices!

Give them the gift of both “LUCK” and “LOVE” this Valentine’s day with these adorable Lucky Bamboo Arrangements! Great long lasting gifts and GREAT prices! http://www.decoratewithbamboo.com/store-categories-Lucky-Bamboo-Arrangements_4171603.htmlImage