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Question DetailsAsked on 2/14/2017

What is the cost of bamboo per unit?

Someone has asked to buy bamboo of my property. What is the going rate per bamboo?

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This is an unusual question here - normally people are asking how much it costs to have someone come in and tear it out and kill it.

Value depends on what it is going to be used for - transplants for landscaping (little do the poor fools know what they are letting themselves in for), edible shoots, fodder, or bamboo cane - and bamboo cane comes in different grades and strength ratings from the slender 2-3' canes sold for staking garden plants up to as much as 10' staking cane, furniture canes, all the way up to structural grade cane for bridge and scaffolding construction (albeit rarely in the US), etc. And pricing is obviously different for green versus dried products, and for raw in-the-field versus cut, trimmed, and graded cane.

You can find some articles and marketplace sites listing some prices for raw bamboo and shoots (though that falls under FDA regulations) if you google this search phrase - raw bamboo value.

You might also find some data on field bamboo cane value at the local state Cooperative Extension Service or the USDA (Department of Agriculture) website - also at state ag services in states where it is commercially grown if not so in your state - California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Texas are states where I remember having seen commercial non-sugar cane (not necessarily all bamboo) harvesting operations.

If you mean some non-commerical individual just wanting a bit for personal use, like for DIY garden staking or weaving or artwork or such, cross-check larger bundles of similar size and length at Amazon - though that is of course dried and graded and usually green dyed, so your value would be somewhat less than that. Also most garden centers and some home improvement stores have staking bamboo stakes you could comparison price.

Be sure to check regulations and licensing - being paid by someone to take it from your property constitutes a business enterprise, and the proceeds will be taxable to you. In addition, that is considered a commercial operation in many cases - in some states if over a certain amount of area or tons being harvested. Also, if selling it, that being a business enterprise, your homeowner's insurance will almost certainly NOT cover any liability that occurs, so be sure the company buying it is properly insured.

Also - in areas where it is rated as an invasive (most areas) uyou may be required to do a hand-picking cleanup afterwards to prevent loose pieces from migrating and infesting new areas - plus if you are talking a commercial operation a land use permit will commonly be required, and certain environmental permits and environmental protections plans (commonly at least an erosion and sediment control plan, and maybe wetlands protection plan in swampy areas) may be required. Let them do it without those and YOU will be on the hook - potentially for tens of thousands of $/day penalties.

Also - if commercial harvesting - contract should spell out protection of your land, travel corridor marking so you don't get a maze of truck tracks over the land, and any reclamation needed - filling of the hole if digging plants for landscaping resale, reclamation of the track used to drive on, etc.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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