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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...

Where to find bamboo in California

Where to find bamboo in California

Whether you're looking for live bamboo for the garden, or finished bamboo products for your wardrobe, you will find plenty of options in California. The Golden State's climate is favorable for growing almost anything, including many of the subtropical bamboo varieties...

Top 8 Best Bamboo Towels for 2022

Top 8 Best Bamboo Towels for 2022

When we started selling bamboo towels more than a decade ago, there weren't many brands to choose from. Back then, in 2006, BAMBU BATU was still the only all-bamboo boutique in California. But we were determined to stock our shelves with some incredible bath towels,...

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 greenery. But there are two things you might be worried about. First of all, you get snow in the winter, and you...

Pros and Cons of planting bamboo

Pros and Cons of planting bamboo

The decision to plant bamboo is not something to be taken lightly. Some people love it and some people hate it. But before you jump to any irrational conclusions, let's consider all the pros and cons of planting bamboo. Bamboo is without a doubt one of the most...

Bamboo farming in the US

Bamboo farming in the US

In the past 10 or 20 years, the variety and availability of bamboo products have just exploded. From socks to towels to sheets to flooring, bamboo can do pretty much anything. And thanks to a preponderance of Moso bamboo from China, bamboo IS doing nearly everything....

On a mission to promote the wise and prudent cultivation of bamboo by providing gardeners, farmers and policymakers with useful and accurate information about this miraculously sustainable plant.

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

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.

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 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 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.

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, native to every continent but Europe and Antartica?

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Bamboo Poetry: Haiku and other lyrical language

Bamboo Poetry: Haiku and other lyrical language

Note: This article first published in January 2015, revised with fresh material in 2021. Bamboo is a plant like no other. Due to its size and stature, some call it a tree. In fact, botanists say it's a grass. It's strong, it's flexible, it's lightweight, and bamboo...

Bamboo in Motion: Cars and planes from bamboo

Bamboo in Motion: Cars and planes from bamboo

NOTE: This article about bamboo cars first appeared in 2008. The story was revised in 2021. Is there anything bamboo cannot do? Perhaps, but as Fred Hornaday likes to say: "If it can't be done with bamboo, it probably shouldn't be done." There's a lot to chuckle about...

Is it safe to plant bamboo?

Is it safe to plant bamboo?

Versatile, resilient, and renewable, the virtues of bamboo seem to go on forever. One of the plant's most impressive characteristics is its vigorous growth rate. Combine that with an indestructible root system, and you have a real force of nature. But many consider...