16 July 2024

Bamboo SEEDS of the native Schizostachyum dullooa (Phai Hia, ไผ่เฮียะ) available FREE of charge

 A single bamboo plant (BS-0398) called Phai Hia (ไผ่เฮียะ) at Bambusetum Baan Sammi, which Khun Dieter assumed to be Schizostachyum dullooa prior to its flowering, started flowering gregariously in 2023 and produced viable seeds in 2024. Since flowers were first present, this bamboo was confirmed to be Schizostachyum dullooa by Dr. Sarawood Sungkaeo of Kasetsart University, Bangkok. Phai Hia was often misidentified as Cephalostachyum virgatum.

If you visit Baan Sammi in July or August 2024, you can get a single flowering branch with seeds. If you want to know how to get the seeds to germinate and the seedlings to grow, we will give you advice. It is no longer possible for us to deliver or send seeds, either within Thailand or abroad.

A seed (caryopsis) of Phai Hia (BS-0398A, 22 June 2024, left);
seeds, laid in growth medium on 26 June 2024, germinating a few days later, 30 June 2024 (center);
the seedling developed its first leaf blade two weeks later (14 July 2024, right).

Flowering branches in an early stage (BS-0398, 15 Dec. 2023)

A population (in vegetative stage throughout) of Phai Hia
in Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
(QSBG-05, 21 Feb. 2010)


Bambusa burmanica, ไผ่บงหวาน (phai bong wan): bamboo SEEDLINGS for FREE — ต้นกล้าไม้ไผ่ให้ฟรี

— UPDATE 16 JULY 2024: 3 seedlings are left and offered free of charge. —


This photo shows an adult plant that has grown in about 8 years.

Several seedlings were found in May 2023; their height was about 10–30 cm, and later reached 20–50 cm. All these seedlings were collected by early 2024, but in July 2024, we discovered three more field-grown seedlings of this species, which attained heights between 50 and 190 cm. They were pot into small PVC containers and are now offered free of charge.

This bamboo, ไผ่บงหวาน (phai bong wan), Bambusa burmanica, forms a dense clump of about 8 m in height when fully grown. The young shoots of the stem and twigs can be eaten raw. Two- and three-year-old stems can be used to make tools (e.g., handles) for house and garden. The plant is suitable for planting as a hedge or privacy screen and, with its dense upper branches and leaves, is a good nesting place for birds.

Our location: 15 km northeast of Chiang Mai.
Contact in English or ภาษาไทย via email or Facebook Messenger.

This and the following photos show the earliest seedlings from 2023.

11 July 2024

Dendrocalamus copelandii, SAPLINGS for FREE

 

Young shoot of a mature plant

A tall growing species of bamboo, Dendrocalamus copelandiiไผ่หวานช่อแฮ (phai wan cho hae), (BS-0199), from Phrae, shoots edible, sweet, pot small saplings are ready to take away.

24 June 2024

18 June 2024

Fresh edible bamboo shoots are available for FREE.

Since the 3rd of June 2024, we at Baan Sammi offer fresh bamboo shoots of various species for free every Tuesday afternoon during the bamboo shooting season. The shoots are on the bamboo shelf in front of the main gate of the Baan Sammi property. Anyone can take the bamboo shoots; they are free.

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These fresh bamboo shoots were offered on 16 July, 10:15 a.m. The species (from right to left):
1 shoot of Thyrsostachys siamensis,
3 shoots of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus,
1 shoot of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus,
3 shoots of Bambusa lako, and
17 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang.

By 10:50 a.m., 3 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang were taken, leaving 14.
By 11:55 a.m., 1 shoot of Bambusa lako was taken, leaving 2.
By 1:30 p.m., 2 shoots of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus were taken, leaving 1; 1 shoot of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus was taken, leaving 0; 1 shoot of ×Thyrsocalamus liang was taken, leaving 13.
By 2:40 p.m., 2 shoots of Bambusa lako were taken, leaving 0.
By 5:00 p.m., 6 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang were taken, leaving 7; 1 shoot of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus was taken, leaving 0.

Result at 5:00 p.m.: still available are 1 shoot of Thyrsostachys siamensis (Phai Ruak, ไผ่รวก), and
7 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang (Phai Liang, ไผ่เลี้ยง).

Result of the next day at 7:40 a.m.: all remaining bamboo shoots were taken away,
there were none left.
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These bamboo shoots were offered on 9 July, 11:30 a.m. The species (from left to right):
3 shoots (1 big) of Dendrocalamus sinicus,
3 shoots (1 big) of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus,
1 shoot of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus,
2 shoots of Dendrocalamus copelandii, and
6 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang.
On Tuesday, 7 bamboo shoots are still available at 12:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, 3 p.m., there are still 6 bamboo shoots available.
The remaining bamboo shoots were also taken away; by Thursday morning, none were left.


These bamboo shoots were offered on 2 July, 11:45 a.m. The species (from left to right):
4 shoots of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus,
8 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang,
1 big shoot of Bambusa valida, and
1 shoot of Gigantochloa marga.
People picked up all the bamboo shoots by the evening of the same day.


Except Tuesday, 25 June, no bamboo shoots are offered as they were already collected and distributed the day before.


These bamboo shoots were offered on 18 June, 1 p.m. The species (from left to right):
3 shoots of Dendrocalamus copelandii,
10 shoots of ×Thyrsocalamus liang,
2 big shoots of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus, and
2 shoots of an intergeneric hybrid species Bambusa × Dendrocalamus.
Ten minutes later, the two shoots of the intergeneric hybrid were picked up,
and further twenty minutes, the remaining shoots were gone.


This bamboo shoot was offered on the 11th of June and picked up in the afternoon of the same day. Species: 1 big shoot of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus.

 

These bamboo shoots were offered on the 3rd of June and picked up 1 day later. Species:
3 big shoots of Dendrocalamus cf. giganteus (center),
1 shoot of Bambusa lako (right), and
3 shoots of Gigantochloa sp. (left)

02 June 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #44)

— UPDATE 15 JUNE 2024: All poles were picked up today and are no longer available. —

Bambusa sp., SAPLINGS for FREE

— UPDATE 23 JUNE 2024: All saplings were picked up today and are no longer available. —

24 May 2024

General information on obtaining bamboo culms free of charge

Bamboo clumps of about 80 species grow on the grounds of Baan Sammi, Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai Province.

Most species are useful bamboos with diameters of 3 to 10 cm, thick-walled or even solid on the lower culm, and lengths of 10 m and more.

To harvest the culms of these clumps, we need the help of one person: you, or another person accompanying you who will carry out the assisting work. We saw off all the culms at their bases ourselves, but all other work must be done by the person helping, e.g., cutting off the branches from the culms, and uploading the culms and branches onto the person's pickup truck. This person can receive all harvested culms for free if they want them.

We cut the culms ourselves at their bases using a reciprocating saw (left).
To pull a culm out of the bamboo clump, one person (male or female) is needed (center).
You or your team must load all the desired culms and branches onto your vehicle (right).

Phai Hia Fung Hom (ไผ่เฮียะฝุงฮอม), a Schizostachyum bamboo — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!


About 50 or a little more culms can be harvested. Culm lengths 6–10 m, basal diameter 2.5–5 cm, thin-walled, easy-splitting, with long internodes, without branches on the lower third of the stems.

Their stems are best used for making bamboo strips as a flat material for paneling on furniture (such as tables and shelves), for flat pickets for fences, and for any weaving purposes.

There are several similar species offered:
1. Phai Hia Fung Hom (ไผ่เฮียะฝุงฮอม), Schizostachyum funghomii, native to China, with blackish-green stems, BS-0622-1 [S5], and BS-0631-1 [C8];
2. Schizostachyum cf. hainanense, native to China, with dark green stems, BS-0106 [S6], and BS-0494 [C6];
3. Schizostachyum sp., native to Thailand, with dark green stems, BS-0322 [W4].

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post.

Phai Mek Khao (ไผ่เมฆขาว), White Cloud Bamboo — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!


— UPDATE 6 JUNE 2024: A few culms are currently reserved for later harvest by a third party. —

About 25 culms can be harvested. Culm lengths 9–16 m, basal diameter 4–7 cm, heavy, robust, strong, straight, thick-walled, without branches on the lower two-thirds of the stems.

The species: Bambusa sp. × Dendrocalamus sp., intergeneric hybrid, Phai Mek Khao (ไผ่เมฆขาว), White Cloud Bamboo, BS-0725 and BS-0726, introduced from China, grows well in the Chiang Mai area.
The stems of this hybrid can be used for moderate-heavy to heavy construction purposes, such as pillars and beams for huts and small houses.

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post.

Phai Liang (ไผ่เลี้ยง), Liang Bamboo — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!

 — UPDATE 22 JUNE 2024: Almost all 35 culms of this species were harvested and picked up, thus they are no longer available. A few further culms, maybe 10, are still available to harvest in June, but more culms will be able harvest next year. —

25–35 culms can be harvested. There are several clumps of this species with estimated more than thousand culms. Culm lengths are 9–12 m, basal diameter 3.5–4.5 cm, heavy, robust, strong, thick-walled, basally solid, without branches on the lower half of the stems.

The species, ×Thyrsocalamus liang, Phai Liang (ไผ่เลี้ยง), is indigenous to Thailand but can also be found in neighboring countries. Its stems can be used for numerous purposes, such as light construction as pillars and beams for huts, fence rails and pickets, furniture-making, and support of climbers like beans, tomatoes, and passion fruit.

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post.

23 May 2024

Phai Khwan Di (ไผ่ขวัญดี), Angel Mist Bamboo — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!


Culm lengths: approx. 10–15 m, basal diameter 3.5–6.5 cm, without branches on the lower half of the stems. About 10 culms or a few more can be harvested.

Dendrocalamus minor var. amoenus, Phai Khwan Di (ไผ่ขวัญดี), Angel Mist Bamboo, Ghost Bamboo: This ornamental bamboo was introduced into Thailand. Its stems can be used for interior decoration or in open spaces under roofed protection, e.g., for walls, room dividers, and furniture.

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post.

22 May 2024

Phai Ruak Yai (ไผ่รวกใหญ่), Oliver Bamboo (W4) — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!


 Culm length 9–12 m, diameter 3.5–4.5 cm, heavy, robust, strong, long-lasting, thick-walled, basally solid, without branches on the lower half of the stems.

Up to 100 culms or little more can be harvested.

Thyrsostachys oliveri, Phai Ruak Yai (ไผ่รวกใหญ่), Oliver Bamboo, is indigenous to Thailand but can also be found in neighboring countries. Its stems can be used for numerous purposes, such as light construction as pillars and beams for huts, fence rails and pickets, furniture-making, and support of climbers like beans, tomatoes, and passion fruit.

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post.

Phai Ruak Yai (ไผ่รวกใหญ่), Oliver Bamboo (S6) — FREE bamboo culms to harvest yourself!


Culm lengths 12–15 m, diameter 4–6.5 cm, heavy, robust, strong, long-lasting, thick-walled, basally solid, without branches on the lower half of the stems.

Up to 50 culms or little more can be harvested.

Thyrsostachys oliveri, Phai Ruak Yai (ไผ่รวกใหญ่), Oliver Bamboo, is indigenous to Thailand but can also be found in neighboring countries. Its stems can be used for numerous purposes, such as light construction as pillars and beams for huts, fence rails and pickets, furniture-making, and support of climbers like beans, tomatoes, and passion fruit.

Culm harvesting requires your assistance as described in → this post

19 May 2024

FREE bamboo STEMS to harvest yourself!


— UPDATED 22 JUNE 2024 —

Culms from living bamboo clumps of certain bamboo species in small or large quantities (5–200) are available free of charge, usually from November to June, but some species can also be harvested during an extended period. However, during the bamboo shooting season, which varies in time mainly by species, the mature bamboo culms are no longer ready for harvest as the new young shoots need to be protected from possible damage.

● For details on how the culms can be harvested please see this post.

This work can take from a few hours to about half a day: the taller and thicker the bamboo, the longer it takes.

The length of the stems, the length of their internodes (segments), the color of the stems, the diameter and the wall thickness vary depending on the species.

The number of stems to be harvested varies depending on the current growth situation of a certain bamboo clump.

Location: Baan Sammi, 15 km (10 mi) northeast of Chiang Mai, see Google Maps:

Viewing, visiting: Any day, but a 1-day prior notice is required.

Contact: Private message in English or ภาษาไทย via Facebook Messenger or email.

For types and the availability of bamboo poles, please enter the "Read more" link below.

Giant bamboo species: Poles and plants for FREE — ฟรี

 — UPDATED 22 JUNE 2024 —

Species of bamboo that can grow 22 m (72 ft) and more are known as giants. Living plants of giant species at Bambusetum Baan Sammi are usually available for distribution during the late dry season and early rainy season from March to June, and poles from November to May/June.

For types and availability of bamboo species, please enter the "Read more" link below.

FREE field-grown bamboo PLANTS to dig up yourself



Bamboo PLANTS for free — ต้นไม้ไผ่หลายพันธุ์ ฟรี

— AVAILABILITY WAS UPDATED FOR EACH POST SECTION ON 22 JUNE 2024: For details, please click the "Read more" link below. 

15 May 2024

02 May 2024

10 April 2024

Pre-cut bamboo branches for FREE

— UPDATE 12 APRIL 2024: All bamboo branches were picked up and are no longer available. —

15 March 2024

08 March 2024

Build your bamboo fence with FREE bamboo STEMS for harvesting them yourself!

 There are numerous bamboo fencing constructions and designs, most are of three main elements, each of which works best with poles of different bamboo species:

Examples: Phai Sang Mon, a Dendrocalamus species, is ideal for thick fence poles (left), Phai Ruak Dam, Thyrsostachys oliveri, is good for fence rails (center), and Schizostachyum zollingeri can be easily split for fence strips (right).

22 February 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (piles #39 + #40)

— UPDATE 1 MARCH 2024: All poles were picked up and are no longer available. —

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (piles #37 + #38)

— UPDATE 1 MARCH 2024: Piles #37 + #38 are now reserved for a third party and no longer available. However, further stems will be cut during this month and offered in a new post. —

13 February 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #36)

— UPDATE 10 FEBRUARY 2024: Pile #36: All poles have been reserved for a third party, no longer available. —

09 February 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #35)

 — UPDATE 10 FEBRUARY 2024: Pile #35: All poles have been reserved for a third party, no longer available. —

08 February 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #34)

 — UPDATE 10 FEBRUARY 2024: Pile #34: All poles have been reserved for a third party, no longer available. —

06 February 2024

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #33)

— UPDATE 8 FEBRUARY 2024: Pile #33: All poles have been reserved for a third party, no longer available. —

05 February 2024

Pre-cut black bamboo culms FREE (pile #32)

 — UPDATE 8 FEBRUARY 2024: Pile #32: The entire culms have been picked up, no longer available —

30 January 2024

23 December 2023

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE (pile #28)

— UPDATE 30 DECEMBER 2023: Pile #28: All remaining culms have been picked up and are no longer available. —

22 December 2023

Pre-cut, 2 m long strong bamboo culms for FREE (pile #27)

— UPDATE 30 DECEMBER 2023: Pile #27: All remaining culms have been picked up and are no longer available. 

28 November 2023

Pre-cut bamboo culms FREE

— UPDATE 30 NOVEMBER 2023: Pile #24: All culms have been picked up and are no longer available. 

11 September 2023

Pre-cut strong bamboo culms FREE

— UPDATE 13 SEPTEMBER 2023, 3:00 P.M.: Pile #23: All pre-cut bamboo culms from this offer were picked up today. —

07 September 2023

Pre-cut strong bamboo culms FREE

— UPDATE 11 SEPTEMBER 2023, 4:30 P.M.: Pile #22: All pre-cut bamboo culms from this offer were picked up today and are therefore no longer available.

04 September 2023

Pre-cut strong bamboo culms FREE

— UPDATE 6 SEPTEMBER 2023, 5:10 P.M.: Pile #21: All pre-cut bamboo culms from this offer were picked up today and are therefore no longer available. 

25 August 2023

Pre-cut strong bamboo culms FREE

— UPDATE 28 AUGUST 2023: Pile #20: All bamboo culms from this offer were picked up today and are therefore no longer available. 

17 August 2023

Pre-cut strong bamboo poles FREE

— UPDATE 23 AUGUST 2023: Pile #19: All pre-cut bamboo poles have been distributed and are no longer available. 

01 May 2023

Pre-cut BLACK bamboo POLES FREE — ลำไผ่ดำฟรี

— UPDATE 1 JULY 2023: Pile #17: All black pre-cut bamboo poles have been distributed and are temporarily unavailable. Some poles will be available again during the coming dry season. —

04 February 2023

31 October 2022

Pre-cut Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 31 OCTOBER 2022: Pile #13: All poles that have been PRE-CUT were picked up and are therefore no longer available. —

23 March 2022

Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 24 MARCH 2022: Pile #7: All bamboo poles have been picked up and are no longer available —

18 March 2022

Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 24 MARCH 2022: Pile #6: All bamboo poles have been picked up and are no longer available —

17 March 2022

Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 24 MARCH 2022: Pile #5: All bamboo poles have been picked up and are no longer available —

07 February 2022

Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 24 MARCH 2022: Pile #2: All bamboo poles have been picked up and are no longer available —

17 September 2021

Bamboo poles FREE — ลำไม้ไผ่ฟรี

— UPDATE 18 SEPTEMBER 2021: Pile #1: All bamboo poles were picked up on 17 September and none are currently available. —