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Can I sell my cut bamboo stalks? Who can I sell them to? How?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By gloria from Tulsa, OK
Yes, cut them all the same size or into 2 or 3 different lengths (at different costs) then put them into bundles of a dozen & take them around to florists, plant nurseries & hardware stores. Florist's use them in arraignments & gardeners do to. they use them to stake up plants etc. Your bets luck will be selling to "ma & pa" type nurseries & florists, not the big chain stores. You won't get much money because you are competing with Chinese imports, but you have an edge because are Local! (& maybe even better!)
* Better yet, get yourself a booth or share a booth-fee with someone else at your local Farmers Market! You may have to wait until next your to get a space (booth fees usually cost under $30 per day) but if you have to wait until next spring then that will give you time to stock up! You'd make more money if you could either make something out of them or selling the live shoots in water as starters so people can plant their own. I'm wondering if when they are young if you can "train" them to grow in a corkscrew shape (like lucky bamboo) because then you'd have a real eye-catcher!
I have a quarter acre of bamboo I want to sell. What is it worth?
This will all depend on the size of the bamboo and the type of bamboo you want to sell.
Normally a piece of cut bamboo that is 4 inches around and 5 feet tall can sell for $30 each. This will all depend on the type of bamboo you are selling.
Some people sell bamboo in different sizes from pencil thin to 6 in diameter and they can sell it by the foot. You will have to determine how much bamboo you have, what are the diameters of it, who much you want to sell it for by the piece or by foot. This will tell you how much it is worth.
On a typical quarter acre of land you can have up to 2400 plants.
Selling bamboo is not an easy task unless you can find someone that wants to buy the entire grove.
I have about 20 feet of 3-foot thick clumping bamboo which is too close to the house foundation. The bamboo is about 1.5" to 2" thick and 20 to 30 feet tall.
I live in West Hollywood, CA and would give the bamboo away to any company who wants to dig it up and haul it away. Posting on Craigslist has only produced a few people who want one or two clumps. I would like all the bamboo removed. Help!
Unfortunately, you will probably have a difficult time finding a company willing to dig out the bamboo. This work is very hard and there is little incentive to a company for a small amount of bamboo. Some more information:
Many people want to have trees removed from their property. Often someone tells them that tree removal services will pay them to remove trees from their property. Unfortunately, they face many problems:
*Tree removal companies are not interested in paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers are very high.
*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the land owner pays the company, however, the land owner might then find that the company sells the trees to lumber companies. The tree company then has the tree removal payment and the lumber sale payment, as well.
*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as tree removal is a dangerous job and companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property. The property owner may face injury and damage costs, and legal problems, as well. Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the property owner does not need coverage for the property and possible injuries etc.
*Depending on the area or state of the property, the owner may face permit requirements, historic, cultural and other limitations in removing trees from a property.
So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a tree removal service by putting an ad on Craigslist, etc., but you still face all the issues above with no guarantees.
We have land in north Georgia that has a lot of bamboo growing on it. The stalks are 25-30+ feet tall and 3+ inches thick.
Clearing land with this much bamboo is quite a job. A friend of mine posted on Craig's list one time for their bamboo. He offered it for free if the person wanted to come and cut it down and haul it away.
Once the bamboo was cut and hauled away, they hired a backhoe to come in and dig up the roots.
Many people are looking for bamboo because it makes great homes. You can try advertising your bamboo for free if anyone is interested in coming to your land and cutting it down.
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Mary from Houston, TX
Yes. Whether you sell your bamboo as plants or dried stalks, there is definitely a market for it. If you don't already know what type of bamboo you have, the first thing I would suggest you do is find someone can help you identify it. A great place to start is with the Texas Bamboo Society. Their web site features good information on different bamboo species, their uses, propagation techniques, etc.
The society also has a moderately active forum where members discuss everything from care for bamboo to containing it.
Bamboo is an incredibly versatile product, so when searching for a market to see it, consider all of its possible uses.
I would suggest contacting local nurseries, co-ops, feed stores, and farmers markets as potential avenues for selling it. There are also websites like Agriseek, which provide an online marketplace for people to sell various agricultural products, including bamboo. It might be a good place to get information on what types of bamboo people are selling and how much they are charging for it.
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Try posting it for free on Freecycle. (03/17/2008)
If it's big why not take some to your local flee market to sell. It would make good fishing poles. (03/17/2008)
Yes, you can sell it. Locate a bamboo grower in your area and they will come and remove it and pay you, depending on what type it is and how rare it is. I have a neighbor that sold all of hers and was quite happy that she didn't have to do the hard work of digging it up. And some kinds of bamboo are worth a great deal of money, so you might also be pleased with the results. You might also post it on Craigslist to see if anyone is willing to come dig it up and pay you for it. Good luck. (03/17/2008)
Yes, I'd buy it. Sell it at Saturday Farmer's Markets. You'll have to buy a bunch of pots wholesale to plant them in. You can also train it into spirals when it's young like they do "lucky bamboo". Some kinds of bamboo can grow in "only" water (lucky bamboo) maybe your bamboo is one of them. Some need dirt and pots. You'll probably have to purchase a case or so of small pots wholesale and have someone deliver a pile of potting soil to your driveway (eventually). But in the mean time, start out small with several bags of potting soil and see how well they little devils sell.
An important tip is to print out fliers that educate your public about how bamboo can take over. These guys sell garden bed liners so the bamboo won't take over your neighbors yard. Their called "Rhizome Barriers". Read what they say about them: www.bamboogardener.com
On the flier, tell your customer where to buy these "Rhizome Barriers". Also, include care of bamboo and of course, your name, number, e-mail and how to contact you to buy more bamboo in the future. Print out a nice sign to hang at your booth (you'll need to buy an "EZ-UP" tent to sell at Saturday Markets and to get in, you'll need to be "jurried in". This is the time to check that out, as they are screening for new members at farmers markets "right now", in March or April. Just Google "Farmers Markets in your state or city". I'm an artist and I make my living selling at Farmers Markets. (small as it in). These days, people are buying less and less, but they "always" want things for their gardens and plants. Garden art, plants and, garden furniture are the "biggest selling items at our market".
To sell "Lucky Bamboo": When the bamboo is very young, start "training" it around different shapes so you get bamboo spirals etc, etc. You can also weave bamboo while it's young and pliable into very cool designs and as it grows it retains these wonderful shapes. You may be able to just sell this "Lucky Bamboo" in water, but people like fancy pots and good looking things they can give as gifts. Bamboo in really nice pots would be your "High End" price range.
You need to have all price ranges. Your bamboo sold without pots (only in a bag with water) could be your "Low End" price range. The low end will probably be your "bread and butter". Meaning, you'll sell a lot of the less expensive plants. You'll also need boxes and plastic bags with water in them for people to take their bamboo home in. And don't forget a receipt book, calculator, and change.
Don't forget your state and city tax numbers and Business license requirements. Each town has different rules. Call the market you want to sell at and they'll give you the low-down on what licenses you'll need. You may be able to also sell to stores, but you'll first have to certify that your plants are "disease free".
Your absolute most important requirement: Great customer service. If anyone ever complains to me about anything at all (even if it's their fault) I always give them a brand new item of their choice. I never argue with a customer. Treat them like kings and queens and they'll always come back. Great Customer service is "top priority". See your service through your customers eyes. How many times have you said: "I'll never go back there again." or, "Wow! great service, they really treated me right." It makes a huge difference. Customer Service is the difference between a "so-so" business and a great, topnotch business.
Finally, dress in conservative dark clothes. That way it's your product they are looking at, not you. Same thing with your display. Keep it simple. Solid black, easily laundered table cloths work best. You'll also need light weight tables that fold to fit into your vehicle and a folding chair. The better your display looks, the more you'll sell. Display accounts for 50% of sales. If you have a helper with you, don't spend your time talking with them, the customer won't want to interrupt you to ask questions about your product. It's best to sell alone and just have someone there to help you set up and break down. (03/17/2008)
Contact your local zoo. If they have panda bears, they eat bamboo. (03/19/2008)