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Lucky Bamboo - Lucky or Not?

This small plant known by most people as Lucky Bamboo, was first introduced at garden center gift stores sometime around the mid '90's. However, the plants are really not Bamboo at all, but are a member of the Dracena family. Hmm - they still look like bamboo to me.  Care for the small indoor plants couldn't be any easier as they will grow in a vase or glass of water with  small pebbles to keep the stalks in an upright position. The stalk of the plants are about the diameter of a nickel or dime, have an upright green stem and offer graceful arching green fronds that taper upward to a point. Just keep your plant in a nice bright...

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1,500 Shades of Green

There are about 90 genera of Bamboo and over 1,500 different species. The size of bamboo varies from small annual plants to gigantic timber bamboo shoots. Bamboo evolved somewhere between 30 to 40 million years ago just after the demise of dinosaurs. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing woody plants in the world with many species growing to full size and ready to harvest in just under four years. The tensile strength of plated bamboo cables is ever bit as strong as or stronger than a steel cable of the same size. While hemp rope can loose up to 20% - 25% of its strength when wet, bamboo cables actually increase in strength by as much as 20% when wet....

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Bamboo - Tough Enough

The heavy mass of fiber in bamboo stock gives this ancient species acute flexibility to exist in nature and as well in commercial use. Bamboo canes are so flexible that they can bend up to 150 - 170 degree angles without snapping in half. In the Orient, one of the safest places to be during an earthquake is in a bamboo forest. Houses made of bamboo have been reported to withstand earthquakes of 8.0 magnitude and higher. For hundreds of years bamboo has been one of the most reliable and flexible building materials known to mankind. So dear friend, if bamboo can withstand gale winds and extreme earthquakes, there should be no fear wearing your new bamboo watch to the...

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Bamboo Buzz

Nope. You won't find slivers of bamboo in your cocktail glass the next time that you go to your favorite night spot. However this doesn't mean that what you are drinking is not made from bamboo. Bamboo can be used to make several different types of alcoholic beverages. Baijiu and Chu Yeh Ching are two varieties that are made by fermenting bamboo thus creating their alcohol base. One wise old oriental man once said, "If we drink enough Chu Ching, we can solve anything." If you have ever had a "green beer" on Saint Paddy's Day, you just might have drank a bamboo beer. Some brewers will make a special batch of beer with bamboo leaves to give it a...

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Bamboo To Die For

One of the latest contributions to the eco-friendly movement is bamboo caskets. Since bamboo is a most sturdy and sustainable wood product, it only makes since to construct standard coffins out of bamboo. Plus, the cost is far less expensive than traditional caskets, and savings of up to 50% can easily be appreciated. Bamboo is totally biodegradable so therefore this might be one of the "greenest" ways to spend life in the hereafter. And how about this - use little bamboo umbrellas in cocktail glasses served at the mourner's after party:)

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