Growing Edible Bamboo in Cold Areas
I live in Central Victoria Australia and want to start growing edible bamboo. Can you please supply me with a list, if any at all, of edible bamboos which will be happy in frosts of down to -7°C? Actually this temperature is rare here but we got it once. Normally -5°C is the coldest.
There certainly are bamboos which grow here. I have a list of 4 which I did believe were edible but none of them appear on your edible list:
- Phyllostachys Boryana
- Phyllostachys Nigra Boryana
- Bambusa Textilis
- Bambusa Multiplex Fernleaf
Are you please able to confirm with me; are any of the above 4 bamboo species edible and to what degree? If you can suggest a list of other bamboo types which are edible and can grow here, that would also be much appreciated. Many thanks for your help.
Stephane from Guadua Bamboo replied:
I found one source saying Bambusa textilis has edible shoots of average quality (not sure if it was reliable information though). For the other species I haven't found any indication that they are edible.
By any means Bambusa bamboos are tropical clumping bamboos whereas the genus Phyllostachys consists of temperate running bamboos. Therefore the latter would be the most recommended for your particular climate conditions.