Bamboo is one of the most interesting, unique, and useful plants! A plant renowned for its versatility and remarkable qualities stands as one of nature’s most fascinating creations. From its incredible strength to its diverse applications, bamboo has captured the imagination of many.
In the article, we explore 20 fascinating facts about bamboo and uncover the myriad benefits of this wondrous plant. Prepare to be amazed as we unravel the mysteries and unveil the hidden wonders of bamboo. Embark on this enlightening journey and discover why bamboo holds a special place in the hearts of nature enthusiasts, environmentalists, and designers alike. They’re sure to surprise even the most experienced connoisseur!
Bamboo is the FASTEST growing land plant in the world, with some species able to grow up to an astonishing three feet in just one day! … The only thing that grows quicker is giant sea kelp in the ocean!
Bamboo is a giant grass! It is not a tree. Bamboo grows with shallow grass like roots (just like lawn), they just grow hard woody culms instead, and it can be found in over 52 countries around the world.
Bamboo cools down the surrounding air by up to 8 degrees in the summer! This acts as natural air conditioning for your garden and any buildings in proximity.
Bamboo rarely flowers and seeds, only about every 100 years or so. When it does, every plant of that same species seeds at the exact same time across the globe!
Bamboo is edible,well, most of them (some taste horrible!) The new shoots are harvested while they are still soft. They are often used in Asian cuisine or stir frys!
A panda’s diet is 99% made up of bamboo shoots, poles, and leaves, around 12-38 kg every day!
The other 1% is made up of meat and other plants.
Clumping bamboo purifies the air up to 30% more effectively than any other plant! Your brain literally gets an oxygen boost around it! This makes you happier and relieves tension and headaches!
SPECIES OF BAMBOO
There are over 1,500 species of bamboo in the world! Australia has around 400 species, and we specialize in the top 50 that suit home gardens the best! (And pandas only eat 42 species out of 1,500!)
Bamboo is mostly drought tolerant and will survive a lack of water, but if they are thirsty, they will curl up their leaves! They do this to shy away from the heat and await rain or water. After a few days of being dry, they will drop some leaves to self mulch and reduce the number of leaves needing hydration!
Bamboo poles are incredibly strong and sturdy (some are stronger than steel!) and are often used for construction throughout the world! Thin poles are good for the garden or for weaving furniture. Larger poles are often used for scaffolding or building frames!
SOIL STABILITY AND SOIL EROSION
Bamboo is one of the best plants to use for soil stability and to prevent soil erosion. Perfect for protecting a riverbank, creek or dam walls, steep garden beds, etc.
EARTHQUAKES IN ASIA
During earthquakes in Asian countries, people run into bamboo groves and forests, as they are known as very safe places. This is due to their very safe and stable root structure, but also to their symbolism for luck and fortune!
ANTI-BACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL
Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Bamboo is used to produce clothing, linen, and bamboo charcoal. Bamboo charcoal absorbs, purifies, and deodorizes the surrounding atmosphere.
Bamboo leaves are made into a delicious tea! It tastes similar to green tea and has comparable nutritional benefits.
Thomas Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament in his very FIRST successful lightbulb!
Bamboo is such a regenerative plant, with the natural leaf drop being so nutrient-dense that the soil ‘absorbs’ these nutrients as the mulch breaks down, feeding the bamboo and surrounding plants again! Bamboo mulch can also be used in compost bins and is an excellent weed barrier!
Bamboo grows all over the world, including in really cold and really hot countries!
All continents have native species, except for Europe and Antarctica, where non-native species still grow.
Bamboo comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. There is green, black, brown, gold, blue, white, gray, orange, purple, red, variegated, and even stripey!
Bamboo is not a flammable material, it does, however, make a loud popping sound in a fire due to the air pocket between nodes. The very first fire crackers made in China were made out of bamboo.
SNAKES DON’T LIKE BAMBOO!
Snakes don’t like bamboo! Snakes are known to like warm, silent places to sleep. Bamboo mulch is too loud for them to slither through, too cold (due to the air purification), and often the stems are too slippery to climb! They much prefer the bark of tree branches or a nice, sunny rock.
From its incredible strength to its role in Asian culture, bamboo is a truly remarkable material that has been used for centuries. We hope these 20 amazing facts about bamboo have inspired you to explore this versatile plant further!
With so many uses and benefits, it’s easy to see why bamboo remains such a popular resource across the globe. Plus, when harvested responsibly, it can help protect the environment while providing sustainable materials for use in our homes and businesses. So whether you’re looking for furniture or fabrics, building supplies or fuel logs – bamboo might be the perfect solution!
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