Phyllostachys Edulis ‘Moso‘, the largest temperate bamboo on earth, was pictured and documented to demonstrate bamboo amazing growth. These photo capture Moso emerging from the ground and growing into a giant in just a few weeks. This is truly an amazing occurrence that happens every spring. In China this is the most utilized bamboo. It is used for food, paper, plywood, furniture and flooring. With it’s unique ability to replenish itself, bamboo is a great “green” resource.
This grove below was 14 years of age at the time of these images. Larger groves tend to shoot later as the ground temperature takes longer to warm.
Moso is the very first timber bamboo to shoot each year in climate zone 7; it usually shoots in late March or early April. Below is a single shoot I will follow along the next month. With this species, as with all temperate or cold hardy bamboo, many of the new shoots will abort. A normal attrition rate for new growth is around 20%. The ruler is marked in 12 inch intervals for the first 6 feet, thereafter the ruler will be in one foot intervals. Once they have reached around 3 feet in height they will begin growing several feet per day.
Bamboo is a supreme provider doing more than any other grass. Recent discoveries have shown that the Americas have the greatest number of bamboo surpassing China and Japan. We live in an amazing time period where we utilize and love over 1200 varieties of bamboo worldwide. This grove was started in 1992 and over the next three years had large 5 to 10 gallon size field dug divisions planted.