Experiment: Bamboo Vegetative Method Reproduction
Bamboos can be propagated either by reproductive method or vegetative method. Reproductive method involves the production of new bamboo plants through seeds while the vegetative method makes use of vegetative parts such as rhizomes, culms and branches.
Giant bamboo = Dendrocalamus giganteus, also known as dragon bamboo or one of several species called giant bamboo, is a giant tropical and subtropical, dense-clumping species native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the largest bamboo species in the world.
5 days later. Successful experiment with giant bamboo.
As you can see the seedling was a adult culm (15cm width) with roots. Now the son has already surpassed it in height! This is the so called vegetative method which makes use of vegetative parts such as rhizomes, culms and branches.
Generally just before and during the wet season are the best times of the year to propagate bamboo, if water is available, it can be done at any time.
Important: We did several test and the one which worked well was the culm which still had some branches left. So it seems that to thrive the bamboo culm needs some roots 1-2cm and also a few branches with leaves to adapt and grow. Its kind of tricky.
Update 6 month later the same giant bamboo looks like this with a total of 3 new culms
Giant Bamboo Leafs
Giant Bamboo Leafs Close-up