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STX Bamboo Gardener

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We will be moving to STX within the next 1-2 years depending on several variables.

I am looking for someone interested in clumping bamboo to send starts to. I would like to send starts and have it growing so that when I get there I can also get starts to begin again.*-)

Please PM me if you are interested and on STX.


Posted : July 22, 2012 3:53 pm
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Be careful with bamboo. Extremely invasive, difficult to contain in an area, a shoot can travel underground and pop up 50 ft away, and difficult to remove once it is established.

You may also want to check with the VI university agricultural extension to see if legal to transport or. Ship such an item.

Posted : July 23, 2012 12:54 pm
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I agree. Highly invasive and great caution needed in growing it. I don't know what would be the point of "sending" starts when there are plenty available on island. You'll eventually discover that although it's tempting to order plants from off island, they often don't thrive well here even if zoned for our area. The best results you'll get from locally grown or propagated species. I'd hold off on the bamboo project until you've done more research. I doubt it's illegal to bring in starts but I would definitely check with the Ag department to get their opinion on planting it. Good luck.

Posted : July 23, 2012 1:06 pm
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There are several types of Bamboo and while the best known ones are highly invasive there are alternatives.
The bamboo I grow and am interested in saving is clumping. It does not spread but stays in a neat circle. The circle may get large up to 6 feet across. It is easily controlled as well with heavy pavers.

The point of saving the starts is money. The specimens I have are extremely expensive probably due to the good behavior of the grown plant.
I can't imagine anyone wanting to send ahead the cheap noxious varities.

I have found a master gardener on STX willing to help.

Posted : July 23, 2012 1:46 pm
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Well, you should have quite a nice clump(s) when you arrive in 2-3 years.
Nothing like planning ahead!
Good luck but do check with UVI/Ag dept. - just in case!

Posted : July 23, 2012 3:09 pm
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PM sent

Posted : July 23, 2012 3:30 pm
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