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How to grow BAMBOO in your Uganda Lawn

Bamboo Plants in Uganda

Bamboo Plants in Uganda


Bamboo is a fast growing woody grass grown for its culms (stems).

The plant is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae.

The grass culms have for long been used as lawn plants, for making furniture and demarcating boundaries.

Interestingly, shoots from edible bamboo like yushania alpine bamboo are eaten by people around Mt. Elgon and they locally call it “Malewa”.

In bamboo, as in other grasses, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement.




Common Bamboo varieties in Uganda



There are several bamboo varieties in the world but the common one to East Africa is the Yushania alpine type which originates from Kenya.


Soil requirements for Bamboo growing



Bamboo does best in well-drained, moist, fertile loamy and sandy loamy soils.

It will not, however, tolerate continuously swampy or waterlogged sites.


How to propagate bamboo on your farm



Bamboo is generally not started from seeds due to their scarcity.

However, vegetative means like use of transplants and rhizome cuttings are commonly used.


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How to plant Bamboo in your Lawn



As a general rule improve the soil with compost or animal manure.

Bulk the soil mixture in to pots or containers meant for seating the bamboo plants.

The best bamboo for potting are the small species and you can obtain these from reputable nursery operators at 2-3 years.

To plant, open up a hole in the middle deep enough to seat the new seedling off set.

Cover the seedling with soil and water often possible to reduce chances of drying back.

Light mulching of the container will help preserve moisture.

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How best to Harvest Bamboo in Uganda



Bamboo is ready for stem harvesting at 6-8 years.

Thereafter, cutting of mature stems can be done at intervals of 4 or more years.

To harvest, cut culms which are oldest and these are usually in the center.

When cutting, do it between 15 and 45 cm from the ground, but not below the first permanent node above the ground.

Apply methyl bromide on the stems to prevent post harvest insect attacks

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Quick tips for planting bamboo in your Lawn



Make a potting mixture of garden soil, compost and sand.

Bulk the mixture into the potting container.

Open a hole in the middle of the container deep enough to seat the seedling offset.

Gently place the seedling in the pot and cover with soil.

Water and then mulch to help maintain moisture.

Enjoy your plant as it grows to beautify your home.

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