Bamboo Used for Trellises and Stakes Won’t Root

Q: Some of our gardeners at Alpharetta Community Garden want to go out and cut bamboo for trellises and stakes. Will the bamboo will root in the ground if they do this?

A: No, the freshly cut bamboo stems won’t root. In contrast, privet, locust, willow and alder stems DO occasionally root when used for stakes and trellis work. Since bamboo can be an uncontrollable scourge in a landscape, encourage your gardeners to cut LOTS of it for their gardens!

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