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!
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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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Does anyone know if bamboo would sell, I have a yard full of it that I cannot got rid of.