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bamboo shoots

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:27 pm
by omidk

I was wondering if bamboo shoots would compost in a reasonable amount of time or if they take years to break down. The leaves look kinda waxy to me so I am not sure. I am sure the stems would take forever to decompose.

I have to find something to do with this stuff growing all over my yard :)

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:10 pm
by applestar
Use them as plant supports? Use to mulch walkways/paths?

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:45 pm
by omidk
I guess as mulch they would work pretty well.

I guess I was asking more if they would decompose in a compost heap in several months similar to the weeds, kitchen waste etc that is already in my compost pile.

Posted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:04 am
by shadowsmom
My husband ran some bamboo through the chipper and added it to the compost pile. I ended up digging the pieces out 2 years later. It didn't breakdown at all. I wonder if young bamboo would possibly breakdown easier than older shoots. The old wood he used didn't even breakdown well in the chipper. Personally I wouldn't add it again to compost.

Posted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:39 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
Thanks SM; I didn't have a good answer, but that's the beauty of THG; somebody always does... 8)


Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:32 am
by omidk
Thanks for the tip!

I will only use it as mulch!