I’ve adopted a bamboo clump on Statia.

The garden interns, Lexie & Sadie, told me about a clump of bamboo along the Botan Road. I went to explore and found a mighty clump of (probably) Bambusa balcoa at a site previously intended as the site for a new prison. It looked rather neglected but salvageable.

Later I spoke with Roberto Hensen of LVV (the agriculture department) about the site and the bamboo. He said that historically it used to be a nursery run by Chinese people, going back to the 1800’s. He asked for us to propagate the bamboo at the botanical gardens. At the suggestion that I adopt the bamboo to rejuvenate the clump and make it productive again, he kindly approved.

So this is going to be my personal project for the coming months…