Preservation of bamboo
The following simple steps will lengthen the useful life of
· Cut the shafts at
the base and store them upright in clumps in a dry, sheltered place. Never store
bamboo out in the open or expose it to rain or dampness: it may rot or be eaten
· Dust the ends of
each shaft with a mixture of 1:20 DDT to talc (or other, safer insecticides
where available and effective).
· Use pegs to keep
the ends off the ground.
· After 4-8 weeks of
drying, trim all twigs and leaves off the shafts and dust the newly cut