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It's amazing to think that it's a grass!

I noticed this too when I was in Indonesia and got teased by my travelling companions who know I'm very keen on the stuff. I also use it extensively indoors for my exotic pets and aquaria.


  • I've often seen bamboo used as scaffolding in various parts of China, but then they don't have the health and safety rules we have here lol!
  • I have a bamboo grove which i find very useful when I thin out. It provides me with beansticks (this year sunflowers stakes as well since i have my free seeds), pot plant stakes, and the thinner, bendy metre or so make very pretty fences. The latter I copied from the Bristol Botanic Garden where they are ideal as they do not obstruct the view. Just bend into a half moon shape and stick the ends in the soil, the following one starts about 6inches or so in from the end of the first - oh dear, so much easier to show than write about. The Garden also has a laing(Chinese veranda) made of bamboo which is a very sturdy structure and admired by all who see it.
  • Help!! I would really love to grow a Spartan apple tree but have a very small garden. Can i grow one in a cointainer??
  • They also grow to quite a heght and thickness on Crete
  • For a long time archaeologists considered the east to be very primative beceause of the lack of developed stone tools, and late use of metals. They only just realised bamboo can do it all from arrowheads to knives builinds to water systems, and leaves no record. You can even unroll it into flat sheets for roofing, and weave the fibres of it into clothing. The Scafolding is not only stronger but also lighter than western meathods so can go much higher.
  • One of my camelia's has got a black coating on the leaves. If you wipe the coating off the leaf underneath is green and shiny. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with my camelia and what I should do about it?
  • Shandy5508; Your Camellia has sooty mould. Keep wiping.
  • I'm noty sure where I should post this enquiry but here goes - Can you help me identify a plant please which I saw in a Garden in S Cornwall last summer. The 3-4ft already flowered stem had seed pods similar to a Lily plant but the flower itself was small in size, not dissimilar to a shrub rose with the "Lily" anthers and yellow in colour.
  • You should also warn people that they spread underground and will even come up through bricks and paths and can do a lot of damage. I put 4 in my garden and had to pay someone to take all 4 out as they spread up to 6 metres underground.
  • The leaves have dropped off most of my bamboo - about 8ft high - in this winters severe snow. the botton foot of only 1/8 th of the stems has leaves. Will this survive and develop new growth?
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