So What Exactly is the Bamboo Plant?

Bamboo PlantBamboo has been used for decades for multiple purposes. It’s used as a food source, for instruments and clothing, and as a building material, so as you can see it’s a versatile material. Now, the bamboo plant is often used as a construction material and many people believe it’s a type of wood. Contrary to common belief, bamboo is not a wood. It is a type of grass with wood-like features.

This wood-like grass appears as a hollow, round stalk that’s green and grows straight up.

There are about 1,400 different types of bamboos in the world. Each varies in size, but the largest type can grow up to 100 feet in length. The growth rate for bamboo also varies, but most can be harvested in just 3 to 5 years of planting. Making it the fastest-growing plant in the world, due to its unique rhizome-dependent system. Because of its rapid growth rate bamboo is a sustainable construction material.

Environmental awareness has increased over time and as we all know there is a large problem with deforestation. When large trees are cut down it affects the air we breathe and the animals living in that environment. Because of how slowly trees grow, the animals affected are forced to permanently leave their home when trees are cut down. On the contrary, this plant grows so quickly that animals won’t be affected as another plant will take its place in just a few short years.

Bamboo Plant as a Versatile Material

As we stated above, bamboo is a versatile material because it can be used for just about anything. Bamboo as a food source is light, crisp and sweet. Most cooks use bamboo shoots as filler in Asian dishes. Now, the most common use of bamboo is as a construction material. Many people use it for their outdoor designs, but it can also be used in the home. It's also a material in a variety of household goods such as furniture.

Although the bamboo plant is a versatile material, in many Asian cultures, it's associated with many positive qualities but mostly with good luck and protection.

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