By Alois Franke. bamboo. Published at Friday, March 15th, 2019 - 06:15:50 AM.
The bamboo culm is also known as the stem or stalk which generally tends to be a tall woody shoot that emerges from the Rhizome bud this young shoot quickly grows and reaches its full height with 100 days. The height that the Culm reaches in its first year will be its final height. However the Bamboo plant will continue to develop thicker and taller culms. The Culm (stem) tends to be cylindrical in shape which tapers towards the top. The place on the stem where a leafy branch or bud arises marked by a prominent line is known as the Node. As older leaves drop there is a constant regeneration and young leaves are produced these branches and leaves continue to increase in number each year generally the bamboo culm will continue to develop branches until the culm reaches about 7 years old. After this stage the culm should be thinned out of the grove.
Plane bamboo weaving creates two dimensional or plane products like woven mats or carpets. It is different from method of making three dimensional products such as baskets lampshades figurines etc. Before weaving the bamboo culms are processed as follows to make them apt for weaving.
Another useful use of this plant is in the form of a natural dam. For instance if there is a small river or a creek whose flow you would like to slow down then consider putting it up in your property. To trim its root cluster you would have to use sharp instrument such as pruners or garden shears. A lawn mower would also keep it neatly trimmed. Due precautions need to be exercised while using these tools though as overdoing it could trigger bigger problem for you.
The rhizome is the underground stems of the bamboo plant it is the Rhizomes which produce the culms. The rhizome is bulbous in its appearance with each individual segment of the rhizome tapering towards its end to form a neck which connects to its other segments. The rhizome has roots that emerge from its nodes and it is these roots that forage for food and nutrients from the soil. These nutrients are stored by the rhizomes and used in the plants periods of dormancy for new growth.
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