Bamboo trees are essential plants for the well-being of our planet. They offer an array of benefits that include, but not limiting to health benefits, acting as fodder for livestock, as a raw material for carpentry work and so much more. It’s for this reason we need to be keen on how to harvest the bamboo seed and plant it, so as to increase the presence of this magnificent plant across the planet.
The beauty of bamboo as a plant is; it has different types that include these few and more; fargesia, bambusa, chusquea, sasa, bashania, etc. All these are weather and environment resistant meaning that once planted, they can do well in harsh and moderate environments alike.
Bamboo seeds on the other hand are very small, actually a little smaller or equal to regular cereals size.
In addition, a bamboo plant produces seeds sporadically and quite unpredictably. It’s for this reason one needs to know how to properly harvest this rare commodity, grow it till it sprouts and plant it well enough till the seedling grows into a mature bamboo plant.
HOW TO HARVEST A BAMBOO SEED
As initially mentioned, bamboo plants have very lengthy seed production cycles. These seeds are found in the husks/buds found on the nodes and inter-nodes of the culm. Upon noticing the flowering of the bamboo plant, the farmer should ensure that he/she is keen to constantly look out for the seeds as they fall and gather them immediately for safe keeping. This is because, the bamboo seed is prone to been eaten by birds as well as other wildlife.
The farmer may also opt to cut off the husk/bud and nature the seed till its fully ripe then plant it later. This process however may prove detrimental to the bamboo plant since they start to slowly die once they have seeded. Plucking the seeds before time and storing them till they are ready, may account for better harvesting but on the flip side, the initial plant may wither off and die. It’s upon the farmer to do a cost benefit analysis and establish whether the seeds been harvested are worth the exchange (opportunity cost).
The collected seeds should be stored in a cool dry place till they are ready for germination and later planting them as seedlings to grow into mature bamboo plants. The bamboo seeds that may fall on the ground should also be picked and tended to well enough to ensure that the seed germinates, under favorable conditions and not simply be left to sprout on its own.