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Bamboo and Oxygen: A breath of fresh air

Bamboo and Oxygen: A breath of fresh air

Ask me why I love bamboo, and I'll ask you to find a comfortable place to sit. Because this could take a while. But somewhere, high on the list of appealing attributes, I would mention bamboo's superior ability to generate oxygen. And if you're familiar with the...

Bamboo farming in the US in 2024

Bamboo farming in the US in 2024

UPDATE: This article originally appeared in January 2020, most recently updated in April 2024. In the past few decades, the variety of bamboo products has just exploded. From socks to towels to sheets to flooring, bamboo can do pretty much anything. And thanks to a...

The Best Varieties of Bamboo for Building and Construction

The Best Varieties of Bamboo for Building and Construction

With all the talk about bamboo construction and building houses from bamboo, a lot of people are asking: What are the best varieties of bamboo for building? The best bamboo species for building and construction are going to grow very tall, usually more than 40 or 50...

Genus Phyllostachys: Prolific bamboo for all climates

Genus Phyllostachys: Prolific bamboo for all climates

The botany of bamboo is a vast and diverse world of its own. The Bambusoideae subfamily of grasses includes nearly 100 genera and more than 1,200 species. And to the casual observer, the majority of these grasses look strikingly similar. But if you're trying to wrap...

Clumping bamboo for cold climates: Ornamental options

Clumping bamboo for cold climates: Ornamental options

So you'd like to plant some bamboo in your garden. It's fast-growing, with an exotic flair, and it can add a great deal of ornamental elegance to your ordinary greenery. But there are two things you might be worried about. First, you get snow in the winter, and you...

Bamboo in Thailand: Tropical wonderland

Bamboo in Thailand: Tropical wonderland

Thailand's friendly people, exquisite cuisine and idyllic beaches make it one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. The tropical climate appeals to international travelers as well as a prolific diversity of native plant species. And like most of Southeast...

Bambu Batu, for all things bamboo

Our bamboo journey began in a small beach town on the Central Coast of California, worlds away from the tropics of South America or the hills and valleys of southern China where bamboo originated. But for more than twenty years, we have shared our passion for bamboo, extolling its virtues, espousing its beauty and utility. 

Today, Bambu Batu contributes and participates in events and workshops around the world, providing education and consultations in all areas of bamboo development. Through the hundreds of in-depth articles on our website and the dozens of hours of free video content on YouTube, Bambu Batu provides a resource for bamboo students, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts like none other.  

On a mission to promote the prudent cultivation of bamboo by providing gardeners, farmers and policymakers with useful and accurate information about this extraordinary plant. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Bamboo & beyond

Bambu Batu is the brainchild of Fred Hornaday, author and eco-entrepreneur. Since its inception in 2006, Bambu Batu has been dedicated to promoting bamboo for all its amazing uses. Whether you’re using bamboo to spruce up your garden or to build a zen temple, this remarkable plant has enormous ecological and economical potential. Peruse the hundreds of articles on the website, and discover for yourself the fascinating world of bamboo.

Bamboo & beyond

Since 2006, Fred Hornaday has been promoting bamboo with passion and sincerity. What began as a small eco-boutique in a charming California beach town is now an international network spanning six continents. Whether you’re planning a Japanese garden or a commercial plantation, Bambu Batu can help you understand this remarkable plant and its enormous ecological and economical potential. Peruse the website, and discover for yourself the fascinating world of bamboo.

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From 2006 until 2020, Bambu Batu provided a magical space in San Luis Obispo, offering an unsurpassed selection of bamboo and natural fiber clothing, as well as bamboo furniture and kitchenwares, and an eclectic array of spiritual items.

Today, our family has adopted the life of Digital Nomadism. But our website continues to bring you a wealth of articles about all things bamboo, including environmental insights, horticultural pointers and a slew of fun facts.

Bamboo clothing at Bambu Batu
Bamboo clothing at Bambu Batu

our retail store

From 2006 until 2020, Bambu Batu provided a magical space in San Luis Obispo, offering an unsurpassed selection of bamboo and natural fiber clothing, as well as bamboo furniture and kitchenwares, and an array of spiritual items.

Today, we offer our services to bamboo enthusiasts around the globe. Our website continues to deliver a wealth of articles about all things bamboo, and our one-on-one consultations provide specific guidance towards growing bamboo commercially.

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO

For thousands of years, people have been using and cultivating bamboo for food, construction, crafts and textiles. It grows faster than anything, produces more oxygen than trees, has a greater tensile strength than steel, and can be made into a fabric softer than pima cotton. At this challenging moment of climate crisis, bamboo is probably the earth’s most promising natural resource.

 

Best bamboo for poles

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO

For thousands of years, people have been using and cultivating bamboo for food, construction, crafts and textiles. It grows faster than anything, produces more oxygen than trees, has a greater tensile strength than steel, and can be made into a fabric softer than pima cotton. At this challenging moment of climate crisis, bamboo is probably the earth’s most promising natural resource.

 

Best bamboo for poles

Did you know that bamboo comprises a subfamily of grasses with more than 1,200 species, endemic to every continent but Europe and Antarctica?

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Phyllostachys viridis ‘Robert Young’

Phyllostachys viridis ‘Robert Young’

There's a lot to love about Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young', also known as Phyllostachys viridis 'Sulphurea' or Golden Chinese Bamboo. It's the sort of bamboo that satisfies a long list of requirements. Robert Young grows well in cold and temperate climates,...

Bamboo with zigzags and other unusual features

Bamboo with zigzags and other unusual features

If you asked your average Sam on the street to describe a bamboo plant, they could probably tell you it's made up of long, tall stems that resemble straight, hollow tubes, typically yellow in color with a canopy of narrow leaves. For the most part, this would be a...

Growing Bamboo: A complete how-to guide

Growing Bamboo: A complete how-to guide

The benefits of cultivating and using bamboo are almost endless, and you can read all about them in our article What's so great about bamboo? And even if you're not growing bamboo on an industrial scale, you can think of all sorts of reasons to plant it in your own...