When can I use this cut bamboo for garden purposes?
May 22, 2020 4:32 PM   Subscribe

There's a long planter of bamboo between my house and the neighbor's. I'm pretty sure it's running bamboo, based on how the shoots are growing, but am not 100% sure. I had to trim a bunch of it today (overhanging the driveway) and would like to use the canes for garden stakes. My garden is 100% planter-based, so I don't think there's much chance of the bamboo escaping it, but I also don't want it to take over the planters/soil. If I stick them in the soil are they likely to immediately send out new roots/rhizomes? When are they "safe" to use?
posted by curious nu to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
A few days stacked in the sun should be fine, unless the canes are over maybe 1” diameter. A week should be fine for all but the biggest most tenacious stuff.
posted by SaltySalticid at 4:45 PM on May 22 [1 favorite]

Cut them and dry them in the sun for a week or two. It'll be fine.
posted by erst at 4:57 PM on May 22

I would cut and dry them and chop them in 8-10" sections and make a habitat for mason or leafcutting bees.
posted by sanka at 7:01 PM on May 22 [1 favorite]

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