SPACING

Various crop densities have been tested ranging from 800 to 2400 bamboo saplings per hectare. At a density of 2400 per hectare, the saplings would be planted 10 feet wide and 4 feet apart.   There has been various data collected as a result of trials conducted, which has provided important information on the optimum planting density based on different climatic conditions. When bamboo plants were planted closer together the plants grew faster because of the competition for sunlight, however planted at a very high density, the bamboo clumps did not yield so many new shoots, therefore effecting potential yield. It is important that the layout of the plantation allows for tractor access between the rows in order to semi mechanically harvest the poles without damaging the existing plants.