Bamboo is a fast growing plant and is sustainable in its growth patterns, This is what has led to it being used for a variety of everyday products that might normally have been made from plastics. Examples of this include bowls, cutlery and the Bamboo Toothbrush that you get from Bambooth.
Although you might think that bamboo is a shrub or a tree given how quickly it grows and the heights it can reach, it is in fact a grass and classified as a perennial evergreen. This means that it returns year after year and doesn’t lose its leaves in the Autumn and Winter months. It is the largest grass that is known on Earth and it can inhabit an entire forest area in no time at all.
Bamboo grows incredibly quickly which is why it is such a sustainable plant to use in making a number of different items and if left untouched a plant can live for well over 120 years and it isn’t usually until they reach these older ages that you will start to see flowers appear on the plants. Most people will never see their bamboo plants flower.
Although they live for a long time it doesn’t take long for bamboo to be fully mature – just three to five years. After they have reached the age of one they will not continue to grow any taller and unlike most trees they will not expand in their circumference either.