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LeBeau Bamboo Nursery      Medford, Oregon 541-499-4992

About LeBeau Bamboo Nursery

We are a small nursery located on two acres in Medford, Oregon. Bamboo has been our passion for the past decade (and some) and in that time we have collected more than 100 bamboo varieties, ranging from short groundcover species to towering timber species. In addition to the common spreading varieties, we grow a large number of clumping species which don't take over your yard. A large number of our plants are grown in one gallon containers for easy shipping/transportation and quick planting, but we also sell plants ranging to 25 gallon size plants for immediate installation.

In the last few years, we have also started growing a large number of non bamboo plants, ranging from conifers to shrubs to flowers. To see a complete list of the plants we sell, check out our plant list.

How Your Plants Are Grown

Of course there are many different types of plants and each type is propagated in its own way, but there are a few propagation methods that are used the most often. Most plants are propagated through either division, stem cuttings, or seed grown. Plants grown from cuttings or division yield plants genetically identical to their parents, so named varieties are propagated this way. Some plants, like the Dawn Redwood or White Fir, are grown from seed becauese the seedlings will all be quite similar to the parent plants.

Not all plants can be propagated through cuttings, but cuttings are a reliable way to produce large quantities of plants fast.

Hardwood cuttings taken in January are dipped in rooting hormone and stuck into a bark-pumice mix. They are covered and kept at 85% humidity for five months, then reduced to 50% humidity as the leaves start to emerge.

By June or July the plants have grown leaves and roots and are now exposed to slightly more open air each day for a month to harden off the leaves and root structures.

The young plants are potted into their own containers, pruned back to encourage good branching, and fertilized. High quality potting soil is essential for optimal root growth.

Most plant varieties grow into a full sized one gallon plant by September. However, some slow growing varieties may take 2-3 years to reach this size.

What Makes Our Plants Unique?

Our plants are container grown in a course mix to promote root health. We ship our plants by shaking the potting mix out of the roots and then bundling the plants for shipment, rather than field digging in the winter. Not only does this mean we can ship plants year-round, but our plants keep all their fine roots in tact. Field dug plants usually do fine, but being uprooted, handled, wrapped, and spending a day or two or more in a box in the back of a truck causes minor damage fairly evenly throughout the root structure. And although the roots will heal just fine, it shocks the plant and slows the growth for the next year or two while the roots recover.

Not cutting large sections of roots away significantly decreases the stress on the plant and yields much faster recovery and growth. This means that you will get plants that are ready to take off and grow for that "wow factor" without a recovery period like most field dug plants.

We don't baby our plants. Growing plants in micro-controlled environments with regular foliar feeding with no direct sun, wind, or cold produces some of the world's most attractive plants - they are green, tall, thick, and well rooted. Until they leave that environment and are planted outside. After these plants are exposed to the sun, they burn. Wind, they topple over. Cold, they wither and rot. And once they rely on getting their nutrients through their roots instead of foliar sprays, they yellow. A phrase common to the nursery industry goes that "struggle is nature's way of strengthening" which means that strength comes only from continued resistence. Same with us - muscle is built from long term exercise, callus is built from continued work. For plants, this is referred to as "hardening off" - where plants are slowly acclimated to a harsher climate.

We grow our plants outside where they are exposed to the sun and wind, summer temperatures of 110 degrees and winter temperatures of 10 degrees, and alternating wetter and drier soil. And although it is tempting to baby our plants and grow them to sellable sizes in half the time, tough plants are well worth the wait. And it certainly pays off to have tough plants. We love to hear from our past customers that they were completely amazed by our plants and will always be buying from us in the future. Customers who purchased tomato plants from us came back later saying that they had purchased plants from us that were half as large as the plants they got from another vendor (which had been greenhoused). A month later, the greenhouse-grown tomatoes had grown only slightly as they were hardening off to being planted, and our tomatoes had more than doubled their size to be larger than the greenhouse tomatoes. By July, our tomato plants had ripe fruit while the greenhouse tomatoes still had weeks to go. And by the end of the season, our tomatoes had produced nearly twice as much fruit.

We use the best potting soil mix we can find. There are a huge number of recipes for potting soil, some which tend to work pretty well and others that don't. We started using a top-of-the-line mix utilizing more than twenty nutrient additives (such as kelp meal, azomite, glacial rock dust, feather meal, etc.) and a coco coir base. The result has been that our plants have rooted better than ever before, and after the plants are repotted or put into the ground the root system explodes to fill the new available space.

Expanding to Grow Timber Bamboo Commercially

We are in the process of growing large quantities of timber species to plant over hundreds of acres in the Rogue Valley for the purposes of producing timber wood.

Some species of bamboo grow to heights of 60-75 feet with canes exceeding six inches in diameter. The canes on many of these species don't taper or produce branches for the bottom 45 feet, providing long, uniform pieces of wood.

Phyllostachys edulis "Moso" grove in California
Benefits of Growing Bamboo
Timber bamboo species are capable of producing high harvest volumes in small areas because the canes grow so quickly. New shoots mature to their maximum height of 70+ feet within 45 days of first emerging from the ground, supported by a vast network of rhizomes which connect all the existing canes in the grove together. The existing canes combine their energy to feed the new shoots, which is what allows them to grow so quickly. Once the new shoots reach their full height, they produce leaves and send their energy to produce new shoots in the following seasons.

Each individual cane is left for five to six years before being harvested. This means that about 1/5 to 1/6 of the standing canes are harvested each year, as this is the number of new shoots produced each season. For many timber species, this can mean up to 1,000 canes harvested every season per acre of growing space.

Comparing Bamboo's Growth to Trees
While bamboo can reach its mature height in 45 days, conifers take up to 50 years to reach the same height. Once a tree is cut, it will take another 50 years before the next generation can be harvested. This means that about 1 out of every 50 trees can be cut each year for a sustainable harvest, compared to 1 out of 5 or 6 with bamboo. Additionally, trees are spaced farther apart than timber bamboos, which create a much denser grove.

Environmental Sustainability
High yield bamboo groves can significantly decrease pressure on native forests by generating an alternative wood supply. Bamboo can be grown on marginal farmland where topsoil is very thin, and therefore not normally competing with food growers for acreage. Additionally, timber bamboo produce large quantities of organic material to rebuild topsoil and the dense rhizome network nearly eliminates erosion even in very steep terrain.

Habitat Creation
At our nursery, we've found that timber bamboos seem to do the best with other plants and trees mixed in. Our groves will include many species of conifers - especially firs and pines - and other plants which are selected for creating a diverse ecosystem. By planting the bamboo groves with a rich diversity of other plants, a large number of wildlife species will be supported within the groves.

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