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Where can I find bamboo or river canes for a project?

Amanda Lisk
StarNews
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Halifax Media file photo.

Places like Progressive Gardens (6005 Oleander Dr, Wilmington [Map this](910) 395-1156) and Seaside Mulch (201 N Green Meadows Dr, Wilmington [Map this] (910) 791-2100) or pretty much any plant place in town sell bamboo sticks used in gardening to hold up things like tomato plants. Progressive Gardens sells a 25-pack of 4-foot bamboo sticks for $6.97 or a six-pack of 6-foot sticks for $5.95.

If you’re looking for the bamboo/river cane plants, call The Transplanted Garden (502 S 16th St. (910) 763-7448). They carry clumping bamboo to grow in the backyard.

“A lot of people use it for privacy from neighbors. It gets really tall and thick. Some use it to get an Asian feel to their garden. It’s a whole different texture, different than most shrubbery,” explains Susan Baehmann of The Transplanted Garden. The price for the bamboo plants ranges from $24.99 for one gallon up to $65 for five gallons, depending on the variety, which are Golden Goddess, Multiplex, and Shiroshima bamboo. The Transplanted Garden also sells 6- to 8-foot bamboo sticks for $1.99 each.

For bamboo flooring, contact Lumber Liquidators, a worldwide company with a Wilmington store on Gordon Road (6816 Gordon Rd., 910-795-0025). Prices range from $1.79 to $4 per square foot, depending on the style and stain.

During Luau season (spring and summer months), there are imitation bamboo sticks sold at Wilmington Dollar Tree stores.

A Google search for bamboo or river canes turned up an interesting post back in June on TigerDroppings.com advertising “free bamboo/cane poles” that could be picked up at a house in the Denham Springs neighborhood.

The post read: “Just cut down about 2500, most 20-30 ft long and 1-3″ diameter. In Denham Springs. If you come make sure you bring beer. Power company boys pulled my entire electrical service and half my roof off, so I don’t have but 2-3 cold ones left and I promise they’ll be empty when you get here.”

There however was no contact name, number or e-mail to find out more information about this free bamboo.

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