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Jungle Supply Company is run by Tim Delaney (Director), family owned and operated, I highly recommend this haven for the Bamboo hungry individual. Check out their website for contact information, and other general information on Bamboo.

Image looking up into a grove of tall Bamboo

Image looking up into a grove of tall Bamboo

Having bought a new home, many Californians are faced with the challenge of landscaping on a tight budget due to tough economic times as well as our inate Califonian habit of being ecologically friendly. Sometimes these factors are a real challenge. More so, if your house has no basic landscaping at all, which is my case! And so I began to think about Bamboo and started the arduous process of “shooping around” for Bamboo.

Now there are many reasons to think about Bamboo, putting all Bamboo myths aside and actually begining to learn a little about this planet wise grass. For indeed, Bamboo is a grass. Here are some of the factors that make Bamboo a friendly alternative to lawns, and other types of gardens:

  1. There are over 1500 different kinds of Bamboo.
  2. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet, sometimes growing as much as 47.6 inches in 24 hours.
  3. Bamboo balances oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmostphere far more efficiently than many other plants, a grove of Bamboo can release 35% more oxygen than an equivelant grove of trees.
  4. Bamboo is a greatly efficient replacement for wood, sometimes being harvested in 3-5 years versus normal hard woods harvesting in 10-20 years.
  5. Bamboo helps stops soil erosion.
  6. Bamboo has multiple uses, including food, clothing, fencing and home building lumber.
  7. Finally, Bamboo can tolerate widely extreme conditions, including drought.

With these factors in mind, and knowing that I was building a decidedly Asian theme to our landscape, including running water, Buddhas, tranquility, and other Feng Shui standards, I began my shopping project.

Home Depot only carries Bamboo randomly and rarely labels what “kind” of Bamboo they are selling. To be used as a random, “oh I found this great deal” type of source of Bamboo. 

Capitol Nursery, though palatial as nursuries come, is ridiculously over priced for the quality and variety. I almost vomited when Capitol Nursery quoted me $299 for a Bamboo plant. HELLO! Can you scream RAPE? Nix the whole Capitol Nursery idea right off your list. use them as a starting point to pick out the plants you desire, but don’t actually buy from them! Frightening!

Finally I fell back on the tried and true force, having felt that I had wasted enough time already and eager to get to the actual shopping itself. There seemed to be a plethora of Bamboo specialists and resellers here and I had to weed through a few of the bad ones before I found a golden Bamboo egg: Jungle Supply Company located in the Northern California pioneer wilderness known as Newcastle.

Jungle Supply Company is run by Tim Delaney (Director), family owned and operated, I highly recommend this haven for the Bamboo hungry individual. What a great pleasure a trip to this nursery turned out to be.  Tim took us on an hour long tour of his property with fascinating historic background, and vividly interesting facts on Bamboo and Bamboo keeping. Amazing! The tour alone was worth an entry fee, and it was FREE! Tim took us through the many Bamboo forests that grow on his property while imparting his deep knowledge about this amazing plant.  Tim and his family are very lucky to live in this Newcastle Bamboo oasis, and Jungle Supply Company is an amazing jewel of a treasure for Northern California. I highly recommend a visit to his nursery. Not to mention his prices are GREAT for the quality and quantity of varieties that he raises. Needless to say that I was very happy to have discovered this valuable asset in our Northern Californian backyard!

Check out their website for contact information, and other general information on Bamboo and the nursery itself.

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