Above: lush vegetation at Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens
The Bamboo Plant Source
My boyfriend and I recently had a chance to visit the Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens. It is located just a few miles from his house, in Loxahatchee, Florida. Tropical Bamboo Nursery is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip. We passed a number of nursery's on our way to find Tropical Bamboo and had to ask for directions at one nursery that my boyfriend thought was the right place.
According to their brochure; Tropical Bamboo is located on 9 acres, and has the largest tropical bamboo collection in the United States. More than 160 tropical bamboo varieties can be found throughout their property, with many of them creatively placed along paths and around pavilions in their main display gardens.
Tropical Bamboo also has a large bamboo nursery on site, with a variety of bamboo plants for sale. Most of the bamboo species can be purchased in a variety of sizes, from 1 gallon, up to 65 gallon size containers. The price varies according to the variety and size of the bamboo plant you purchase.
All the bamboo varieties that are available for purchase are the non-invasive clumping type of bamboo. After you walk throughout the property, viewing various bamboo in their mature growing size, you can visit the nursery area to pick out the specific bamboo plants to add to your own backyard and garden.
Benefits of Growing Clumping Bamboo
- Reliable in form - grows in a small, circular clump
- Hurricane tolerant - flexible and strong
- Earth friendly - bamboo sequesters more CO2 and produces more oxygen than any other plant of equal mass
Tropical Gardening Paradise
Many of the different bamboo species that are available for sale are displayed throughout the landscape at Tropical Bamboo Nursery. We spent a lot of time walking the grounds, and taking photos of their beautiful landscaping and garden design. They had a couple of Tiki huts, benches and tables available for customers to sit on and chillax, while taking in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings. My boyfriend already has a list of bamboo he wants to get the next time we go there, so we will definitely be going back to Tropical Bamboo Nursery in the near future.
Popular Bamboo Varieties
My boyfriend bought 3 bamboo varieties the day we were there. He bought a Timor black bamboo, in a 1 gallon container; a striped Buddha belly bamboo, in a 1 gallon container; and a dwarf Buddha belly bamboo, in a 3 gallon container. I think the total for the 3 bamboo plants came to around $150. He also bought a bag of bamboo fertilizer as he recently planted 5 bamboo plants on his property, that he purchased elsewhere, including a couple of Asian lemon bamboo plants and a blue bamboo.
Common and Latin Bamboo Names
Here is a listing of some of the more popular bamboo that can be purchased at Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens. I am listing the common name, followed by the Latin name in parenthesis.
- Timor black bamboo (Bambusa lako)
- Graceful bamboo (Bambusa textilis gracilis)
- Tropical blue bamboo (Bambusa chungii)
- Sunburst bamboo (Bambusa pervariabilis viridistriata)
- Dwarf Buddha's belly bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris 'Wamin')
- Angel mist bamboo (Dendrocalamus minor amoenus)
- Golden Hawaiian bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris 'Vittata')
- Yin Yang bamboo (Bambusa emeiensis viridiflavus)
- Emerald bamboo (Bambusa textilis mutabilis)
- Tropical black bamboo (Gigantochloa atroviolacia)
- Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens
- 2929 G Road East
- Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Lynn Smythe, AKA the Backyard Diva