Bamboo seeds at the moment(click Latin Names for pics & description):
Latin Name Height Diameter Hardy Seeds per KG Collecting Time
Dendrocalamus strictus 7-17m 2.5-12cm -2℃ 35,000-40,000 04-2019
Dendrocalamus xishuangbannaensis 14-28m 10-20cm -3℃ 42,000-52,000 05-2019
Dendrocalamus membranaceus 8-15m 7-10cm -3℃ 30,000-40,000 03-2019
Fargesia sp. 'Guizhou" 3-6m 1-3cm -22℃ 60,000-70,000 05-2019
Phyllostachys pubescens (moso bamboo) 10-18m 7-16cm -17℃ 26,000-30,000 09-2019
Bamboo seeds are rare.
You are correct. Bamboo seeds are rare, because most bamboo species flower only once in life and die afterwards, such as Dendrocalamus sinicus, Dencroalamus giganteus, Dendrocalamus strictus, Lingnania distegia, Phyllostachys pubescens, Chimoncalamus delicatus, Fargesia sp. Qiongzhuea sp. etc. (Click here to read why some bamboo plants flower but cannot produce seeds)
After over-20 years insistent collection of bamboo seeds from all over the world, as well as practicing artificial pollination, over 120 bamboo species were received with viable seeds. This has contributed greatly to bamboo research field and made large-scale commercial plantation easier.
Bamboo seeds can be classified to 4 types according to its shape:
Cariopsis seeds: with extremely thin pericarp, Viable for 6-12 months, some only 1-2 months
Nut seeds: with thick and hard pericarp. Viable for 6-12 months
Nut-cariopsis seeds: with hard upper pericarp and soft lower pericarp. Viable for 6-12 months
Pear seeds: with extremely thick pericarp, big size as pear. Viable for 10-30 days
Bamboo seeds are usually suggested to sow as fast as possible after harvest. If stored at 1-4 centigrade, viability of bamboo seeds can be extended by 1.5-2 times.
Our rich experience on bamboo seed treatment enables us to guarantee freshness and viability of our seeds at stock. We won't waste a single seed, so we always sow the seeds before they go bad.
How long are bamboo seeds viable?
How to guarantee identity of bamboo seeds?
Yunnan Bamboo has a professional team of bamboo identification. When information at hand is enough to make a conclusion, we are very confident to put the right Latin name for the seeds we collect. But sometimes vegetative characters of bamboo plants disappeared after flowering and setting seeds, which can make identification difficult. So it did happen that we are not able to tell correct Latin names all the time. Kindly be aware and make sure if can accept this before you order seeds from us.
When I can expect new harvest of bamboo seeds?
January - March: Tropical species, such as Dendrocalamus seeds, Bambusa seeds, Cephalostachyum seeds, etc.
April - May: high-elevation species, such as Chimonobambusa seeds, Chimonocalamus seeds, Qiongzhuea seeds, Indocalamus seeds, Linganania seeds （These species are usually very shortly viable, and we collect seeds according to order. Please do contact us before February each year if you are interested in seeds of these species)
August - October: cold-hardy species, such as Phyllostachys seeds, Fargesia seeds