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How Bamboo Grows

by Kip

How Bamboo Grows

Bamboos grow in fits and starts, For much of the year nothing much appears to be happening , and then in one brief season they explode with growth. 
In general the first year or two after transplanting , you will not see tremendous above ground growth , as the plant is putting most of its energy into the root system. 
During the summer and fall , most species manufacture and store sugars in their rhizomes. 
Rhizomes produce the roots , top growth and new rhizomes . 
Then in the spring and sometimes the fall , they pump the accumulated energy into shoots [culms] , which grow to full size in about 30 to 60 days. 
The Branches and leaves develop in another 30 to 60 days. 
As the plants rhizome system expands , its ability increases to produce larger , and taller, and more numerous culms annually. 
Individual culms and rhizomes only live on an average of 5 to 10 years , and the culms grow no taller or larger in diameter with age. 
That is why the older the parts of the plant are frequently the smallest. 
The shooting period varies from type to type . 
In general the temperate climate Bamboos are runners , which shoot in the spring. 
While the tropical types are clumpers which shoot in the late fall. 
The size and appearance of any particular Bamboo may vary significantly depending upon climate conditions. 
Size aloe is greatly affected by temperature , nutrition , water, and sun exposure.