About the Bamboo Ranch

Bamboo Ranch is an urban specialty farm in Tucson, Arizona. We offer a large selection of desert grown bamboo plants for every use, from privacy hedges or container plants for a cozy patio retreat on a small scale, to medium sized groves for poolside or urban spaces, to towering giants for shade and screen. Located on Tucson's west side, Bamboo Ranch features a large demonstration garden with several mature groves of both running and clumping types. Owners Matt and Holly Finstrom have over 30 years of experience growing bamboo in the southwest desert.

Owner Holly Finstrom pictured above with a Chinese Goddess Bamboo.

COVID-19 Business Protocols

 

Bamboo Ranch is open by appointment. In-person tours have been postponed due to the pandemic; please contact us via phone or email for help selecting your plants and make an appointment to pick them up. We provide expert advice particular to your planting site. Contact us for a virtual tour of the gardens and nursery with views of different desert grown species like Greenstripe Blowpipe, Giant Weaver's, Striped Golden, Striking, Silverstripe Hedge, Giant Timber, Balcooa, and many others.

 

Street-side plant pickup is available by appointment. Masks are required on the property. Delivery is available. Each plant includes comprehensive written planting and care instructions and specific recommendations for growing your bamboo in the desert.

Why grow bamboo?

Imagine your own mini jungle

In the desert southwest few things are as precious as shade. Having a cool retreat from the summer heat, hearing the rustle of leaves in the wind, enjoying the scent of lush foliage after the rain, screening your oasis from the high rise apartments across the street, are all reason enough to grow bamboo. 

More than a plant

Side benefits to growing bamboo are numerous. Bamboo helps filter out noise, dust and allergens, breaks the wind, stops erosion even on a steep bank, builds up the soil, and sequesters carbon in the form of useful poles and edible shoots. It is used as a construction material all over the world, and it was approved in 2004 by the ICC Evaluation Service as a structural building material in the international building code system.

Renewable source of building material​

 

If you want to use your bamboo for construction, you can harvest the poles to do so after a few years of growth. Running type bamboos are at maximum strength from 3-10 years of age for a given cane. Clumping bamboos take longer; they are at their best from 4-12 years of age. Each individual cane can live 15-20 years and the grove lasts indefinitely, adding more canes each year. 

 

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Website design and photos by Ariel Finstrom.