Bamboo seeds at the moment(click Latin Names for pics & description): 

Latin Name                                    Height       Diameter      Hardy        Seeds per KG      Collecting Time

Bambusa polymorpha                                15-20m       7-15cm         -4℃           60,000-80,000          04-2019

Bambusa ‘longinternode’                            10-15m       6-12cm         -4℃           30,000-40,000          04-2019

Dendrocalamus strictus                               7-17m         2.5-12cm       -2℃           35,000-40,000         04-2019

Dendrocalamus asper(source 1)                   16-26m       10-18cm        -4℃          45,000-55,000          04-2019

Dendrocalamus asper(source 2)                   20-30m       15-25cm        -4℃          70,000-80,000          03-2019

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

Dendrocalamus sinicus                               20-30m        20-30cm       -2℃          4,000-5,000              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

Melocanna baccifera (out of stock)                8-20m           3-7cm           -3 ℃         10-20                      05-2019

Chimonobambusa purpurea (out of stock)        4-8m            1-5cm            -5 ℃       3,000-4,000             05-2019

Fargesia sp. 'S.Yunnan'                               1.5-4m          5-15mm        -26℃        60,000-70,000        05-2019

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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 

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