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Will freshly cut bamboo canes sprout?

I’m short of canes for my French beans, and planning to cut some of the canes from a patch of bamboo, which is starting to spread beyond where it should be a little, so it would be a win-win if this is feasible. I’m wondering if it might sprout like willow though? I really don't want bamboo in the veg patch! How long after it’s cut will it be dead?
Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249
    No, Bamboo is a grass and grass does not sprout from cut stems. In fact many Bamboos need a good clump of roots to grow away from the mother plant.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Agree with Palustris but you may find the part in the soil rots quickly if you don't dry them out first.  Leave all of the leaves on and lay them on the ground (inside a greenhouse would be great at the moment - mine are like ovens!) for as long as you can wait so they dry out as much as possible before use.  I would use a mix of old canes and these so there is still some support from the old canes if the new ones do rot-off in the ground.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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