You can take it with you
Because bamboo rarely sets seed it has had to adopt other methods to get around. Bamboo became indispensable, beautiful, gentle etc, to encourage you, as well as your ancestors to dig up a piece for your home or community. Transplanting is easy during the warmer months. The secret is to keep the root-ball moist and whilst planting is underway keep the stem shaded.
To cut bamboo, the tool of choice is a chainsaw with a tungsten chain (instead of thick chain oil use 20 – 40 grade oil to flush out soil).
Transplanting in three easy steps
1. Saw into the soil about 30cm or so, depending on the soil type. Cut all the way around the bamboo. Things to keep in mind.
a. To cut bamboo from the ground for transplanting, the tool of choice is a chainsaw with a tungsten chain.
b. First look up. The rhizome runs in the direction indicated by the lower two branches on the culm.
c. Allow space for the rhizome buds either side of the culm. These are needed for next years shoots.
2. Gently lever the bamboo back and forth to disconnect the roots connected under the rootball.
Keep the root-ball moist
3. Keep the root-ball moist and in hot, dry or windy conditions the leaves also need to be kept moist. Things to keep in mind.
a. This is a critical stage. Transplant immediately if possible, otherwise treat the root-ball with a water retainer and wrap it in cling wrap.
b. Stand the plant vertically.
c. If sun falls on the culms laying horizontal on the ground they may overheat, possibly burn and injure the plant.
So far so good.
Exposed sites require that the bamboo be supported until well established. A critical consideration.
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