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Growth rate?
Bamboo holds the record growth of the plant world. Some species can grow to over a meter in 24 hours (1.20 m recorded in the South of France)

Bamboos encountered in Europe can reach up to twenty meters in height. Adult size depends on several factors which are mainly the species or variety, climate and soil quality. They can be classified into four categories according to their adult size.
-The dwarf bamboo is not exceeding 1.50 meters
-The small bamboo is reaching 1.50 to 3.00 meters
-The medium bamboo can reach 3.00 to 9 meters
-The giant bamboo exceeds 9 meters heights

The rods of bamboo (called : culms), emerge from the soil in their final diameter and grow to full size in a season. Temperate bamboos in 2 months, tropical bamboos 4 to 5 months. During these few months, each new shoot will grow vertically as a telescopic antenna. Fully-grown side branches grow laterally from the nodes in the upper part, called branches. Then the leaves develop. In subsequent years, the culms grows neither in height nor in diameter. It will harden the wood. It is for this reason that culms should ripen up for several years before being cut and be used in construction or crafts.

Resistance to cold?
Some species of temperate climates can withstand up to -20 ° C. In very cold weather, the first organs who will suffer are the leaves and buds and finally the rhizomes. In areas with cold winters, young bamboo plants should be protected by the foot of straw or other permeable insulation, so that the rhizomes do not suffer.

Two types of bamboo distinguish the mode of development. Those who tend to spread on the surface and to colonize space, are called: creeping. Those who remain in a compact clump with no tendency to expand are said clustering. The creeping bamboos are relatively easy to control. The most radical is the anti- rhizome barrier, formed by a plastic screen buried vertically about 60 cm on the outskirts of the plantation. We can do without, with the condition to dig a small trench 20 to 30 inches deep and cutting once a year the rhizomes who try to cross to the other side. We can also do nothing but the output period of the seedlings (called spears ), we will have to cut all those out of permitted locations. This operation is repeated several times during the exit period. It presents no difficulty because the seedlings are very tender and brittle. On top of it, it will be a good opportunity to pick them up, cook them and enjoy them .

Bamboos rarely bloom, there is no risk of being invaded by unwanted germination. Some bamboos are deemed to bloom every 120 years on others have never been seen in flower.

Planting season?
Bamboo grown in pots can be planted in any season with the exception of periods of very heavy frost. It is in late summer and autumn, when the soil is still warm that the plant will best rootedness in record time.

All bamboo can be watered by sprinkler or drip. Watering should be regular the first months after planting, without being excessive. Bamboo pot needs frequent watering.

Bamboo prefers light and well -drained soils. It does not support the marshy corners well and thriving in a neutral soil (pH = 7) or acidic (pH between 5 and 7)

Lucky Bamboo?
The ornamental plant sold in jars and sold under the name " lucky bamboo " is actually Dracaena sanderiana , which grows naturally in tropical humid and dark forests of Easier and Africa. This is more akin to the tulip that bamboo is a poacée (formerly grass) liliacée