Govardhan Gardens Bamboo Nursery is the first diversified tropical bamboo nursery
in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. In order to serve
local farmers and bamboo growers, I am regularly propagating the best species existing
for construction, privacy screens, landscaping and edible shoots.
Since the inventory of available bamboo species
is constantly changing, I am regularly updating the
times of availability for each species listed below.
All sales are local, I do not
ship bamboo. Please inquire about prices. Most specimen are sold
in 3 gallon containers and are ready to be planted right away. Enjoy
the numerous species available at most times!
Bambusa lako (Timor Black Bamboo)
From the Indonesian
island of Timor. One of the world’s most beautiful bamboos and a
prized collector’s species. Culms emerge green and mature to a shiny
chocolate black, with an almost purplish tint. Grows erect and
arches at the top. Can be planted either as a specimen/focal point,
in a row along a path/road/stream, or among other tropical foliage.
Slightly open clumper with very straight growth. 45' tall with 3-4"
diameter culms. Valuable for furniture and musical instruments.
Shoots are edible but not of high quality. Can be planted in full
sun; ideal windbreak (holds up very well in storms and even
hurricanes). It's disease and drought resistancy make it an ideal
species for wide propagation.
Limited stock available
in June 2016.
one of the few species that originates in South America and it is
very similar in quality to superior bamboos of South East Asia. This
species is ideal for use in heavy construction. It is an open
clumper, which means that it requires more ground space than many
other large species. It can grow up to 75 feet and a mature clump
looks quite impressive.
Guadua angustifolia is in high demand and will sell out fast, please make
your order on time. My Guadua stock for 2016 is almost depleted.
to Indonesia, cultivated throughout Asia. Grows to
75 feet, with a diameter of 5 to 8 inches.
One of the best timber bamboos existing. Used for
construction as well as for its high quality edible shoots. New
shoots look spectacular. There is a green and a black type, and
I am mostly propagating the green one. If you want to have only one
large, high quality structural species, this is the one!
Plants are currently available! Since this
species is in high demand, please reserve your plants as soon as possible. If you
want to plant more than 3 specimen, you will
get a reduced price (30% off); there is an even better
offer for 20+ plants (50% off the retail
Guadua velutina (Guadua)
Native to Central
and South America. This rare Guadua species is commonly used for
high quality, heavy construction; it can can reach up to 50
feet and has a culm diameter of 4 inches.
limited amount of specimen will be available again in September
Schyzostachyum brachycladum (Sacred Bali Bamboo)
One of the most striking bamboo species
existing. Golden-yellow with vertical green stripes.
Its primary use is decorative - it
makes a beautiful center piece in any landscaping arrangement
- and as a source of large amounts of organic matter (fallen
leaves). It is also ideal for erosion control. This species is too
thin-walled for construction but one can make woven ropes out
of split and pounded culms. 35 feet with 2
Limited stock available by June
Dendrocalamus strictus (Male Bamboo)
Origin: India. This
species grows in a very tight clump, up to 45 feet with a 2.5 – 3 inch
diameter. D. strictus is a very popular
structural bamboo in India (it covers over 50% of all bamboo grown
there), and it is also used for pulp/paper production. It can be
grown under dry and wet conditions, in a variety of soils but it
does require good drainage.
strictus is often planted to reclaim ravine land in India. Its culms
are almost solid and thus very strong. Its tensile strength is close to
that of mild steel. Besides used in construction (where it is also becoming
increasingly used to reinforce concrete), it is also used for furniture and
musical instruments. The young shoots are edible, and a decoction of the
leaves and nodes is used for medicinal purpose.
D. strictus makes a good living fence and is the most
affordable species in my nursery. For this reason, it is high in
demand and I need several months time to propagate enough for a
large order (50 specimen +). Currently sold out; will be
available again in July 2016.
Bambusa arnhemica (Tricolor Bamboo)
This interesting Australian species
usually has three culm colors in the same clump: green, yellow, and
a spectacular sunset orange. Its very thick-walled and of superior
structural quality. At the same time, it is highly ornamental and
doesn't take up much space - an open clumper that fits even
into residential properties.
It is highly resistant to termites,
and grows only to about 20 feet, with a 2 - 2.5
inch diameter. Highly
Thyrsostachys siamensis (Monastery Bamboo)
Originates in Thailand. Coveted
collector's species because of its graceful appearance. High
quality structural bamboo with almost solid
culm walls. Even without treatment, harvested
culms often last for many years without deteriorating.
Grows very straight, lower part of
culms branchless. Very popular ornamental bamboo with edible
shoots, often planted to block out sound and view. Easy to grow
(full sun or light shade), ideal for erosion control. Grows up to 40
feet (but often remains lower, around 20-30 feet), with a
diameter of 3 inches. The culms are used to make tools.
Only a few specimen
left. Back in stock by June 2016.
This species has
turned out to be extremely popular (living fences, "tunnels", etc.),
so please reserve your plants in time in case you need more than
just one specimen.
These additional species can be ordered in small quantities or are currently
diameter. Origin: India. Good structural bamboo but requires lots of
space and is relatively difficult to harvest (because of it's horizontal
branches). Availability: December 2016
diameter. Beautiful, ornamental species. Too thin-walled for construction
but used for weaving and handicrafts. Only propagated by
2.5"-3" diameter. Similar like B. textilis but longer leaves.
Ideal for smaller spaces. Straight culms with nodding tops. Drought and
wind resistant. Rare, only a few specimen will be available
in December 2016.
diameter. Very attractive and rare species. Striped culms and very
beautiful shades of green. One of the best tropical landscape bamboos.
Useful for light construction. Availability: only by
Bambusa lapidea (Horsehoof
25-45', 2.5" diameter. Base of culms
almost solid; used for construction.
Available in June
diameter. Very popular species for hedges; due to its relatively small
size, it is often planted in gardens for its ornamental appearance. Cooked
shoots are edible. Commonly used for weaving, screens, handicrafts.
Availability: May 2016.
diameter. Very straight growing species, extensively used to make
furniture, but not suitable for construction projects. High
quality edible shoots. Often used as windbreak. Availability: only
45', 2.5" diameter. Very attractive
yellow-golden culms with cream stripes on the basal nodes. Commonly used
for light poles/rods, furniture and farm tool handles. Availability: only by
60', 5" diameter. Very high
tensile strength, almost solid. Used extensively for furniture making and
to reinforce concrete. Available
diameter. Very important, thick-walled and upright growing species with
one of the highest tensile strengths (40 000
psi). One of the most used smaller structural bamboos in Asia.
This is a must have for anyone interested in furniture making or bamboo
50', 2" diameter. There are two main
types of this species: a straight growing one, and one with swollen
internodes (known as Buddha's belly bamboo). Extensively used for
windbreaks and erosion control. Makes an impenetrable hedge. Shoots are
edible. Availability: only by
Small, ornamental species; grows well in light shade,
performs better in cooler (subtropical) regions than in wet tropical
only by order.
Similar like F. fungosa but slightly larger (up to
20'). Availability: only by
diameter; thick-walled highly attractive Chinese species for construction,
edible shoots; also used for charcoal productions. Availability:
diameter. The introduction of this species into the Caribbean is a
historical event. D. copelandii is very rare
and one of the most stunning tropical bamboo species. The culms
are contorted and look like elephant trunks. Its like a small version of
D. sinicus, which is also extremely rare. It has excellent edible shoots, is
used in construction and in high end
landscaping. Limited stock. Available now!
12-18', 1" diameter. Excellent ornamental for
landscaping, best on steep slopes, edges,
terraces. Limited stock. Rare. Only a few left.
40-60', 4-5" diameter. Used
for construction, paper production, in land
scaping. Limited stock. Rare but low price.
50-110’, 5-12” diameter; native to India, Thailand,
Burma, Sri Lanka; this is one of the largest existing bamboo species and a
real show stopper; used for heavy construction; good edible shoots; lower
nodes may be branchless for 40’ or more. Leaves grow to 20”. Rare.
40'-60', 3-3.5" diameter.
One of the best sources for raw bamboo shoots
(one of the
sweetest types). Good
for construction; very large and ornamental leaves.
diameter; a famous timber bamboo from southern China and Taiwan,
mostly known for its high quality edible shoots. Striking, large leaves
and an overall majestic appearance - a must in every bamboo
Very beautiful ornamental
species from China. Grows to 35-50' tall with 4-5" diameter culms. Easy to
grow in humid area and moisture-retaining soils. Widely used for
construction, furniture, plywood, weaving and for landscaping.
Available: November 2016.
60', 6" diameter. One of my favorite
bamboo species. The culms turn orange-bronze with age if planted in full
sun or light shade. Often used for water pipes and general construction.
Edible shoots of high quality. Rare.Availability: only by order.
60', 4" diameter.
This species is used extensively in Indonesia for roof rafters. Split
culms are used for baskets or made into ropes. Cooked shoots are
60', 5" diameter. This magnificent
species is very fast growing and a classic in the bamboo world. Ideal for
construction and furniture, with high quality edible
shoots.Availability: only by order.
30', 2.5" diameter. Mostly
grown as an ornamental. Cultivated in southern Yunnan, China. Culms are
used for furniture and light construction. Rare. Available: October
40', 4" diameter. Smaller, less thorny relative of G.
angustifolia. Highly recommendable for construction but needs to
be very well cured because it appears to be more susceptible to insects
than G. angustifolia
.Availability: only by order.
4" diameter; Bright colored, highly attractive culms with random
green stripes and white nodal rings, and variegated leaves. One of my
favorite bamboo species (also known as "moonlight bamboo"). Suitable for
Availability: only by order.
50', 3.5" diameter. Also known as
"berry bamboo" because of its large fruits. Although the fruit is
supposedly edible, I haven't been able to figure out yet how to eat it -
no matter at what stage I harvested the fruit, it was extremely hard. The
shoots are edible and the species is widely used for weaving (mats,
baskets, hats, etc.). Availability: only by order.
50', 4" diameter. This New Guinea
species is considered to be one of the best edible bamboos: the
deliciously sweet shoots can even be eaten raw. It is recognized by its
drooping culm tips, and although it requires relatively much water, it
only grows well if there is sufficient drainage.
Availability: only by
Schizostachyum grande (Deer Eye
30-45', 4-4.5" diameter. Delicious shoots. Widely grown in
parts of Malaysia and Thailand. Culms are very durabale under humid
tropical conditions . Remarkable and very rare landscaping
species. Available now!