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Sep. 9th, 2018 @ 03:47 pm Bambusa Ventricosa
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A week ago, we were at the (unofficial) opening of the zendo at Zen.nl Veldhoven which is run by klik’s coach. It’s a really nice space: it used to be a showroom for a flooring store, so there were some nice floors in there, which certainly helps. I like going to events like that: they’re festive occasions, and the people are invariably nice.
They had a potted plant out in the kitchen area, and I really liked it. Turned out it was a Bambusa Ventricosa: when they get stressed for water, the stalks become thicker, creating little bulges in every segment of the stalk. That’s also why it’s also called “Buddha’s Belly Bamboo” (though those pot-bellied men you see are mostly Chinese gods of good fortune, not the Buddha). It had been pruned to be more like an indoor plant, with foliage on top of the stalks. I really liked it, and remarked about it to klik.
She visited a garden centre with her mother this week, and they had a plant just like that! They’re quite pricey though, but as it was 40% discounted, we decided that she would bring it home! We don’t really have a location for it yet, but that’s certainly a solvable problem!

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:September 9th, 2018 05:00 pm (UTC)
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I love the bamboo tree! It looks so cool.

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From:fub
Date:September 10th, 2018 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the little 'bulges' in the stem are really cool.
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From:kristy
Date:September 9th, 2018 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Very nice plant! My cats would chow on it, for sure, if I had one here!


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From:fub
Date:September 10th, 2018 08:06 pm (UTC)
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Our cats are pretty good at leaving our plants alone. But any withered bamboo leaf that's on the floor is attacked fiercely!
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From:kristy
Date:September 10th, 2018 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Haha, I can imagine!
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From:spiral_meter
Date:September 10th, 2018 12:44 am (UTC)
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plants are just plain good chi.

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From:fub
Date:September 10th, 2018 08:07 pm (UTC)
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They are: they improve the atmosphere in the house measurably.
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From:ashmedai
Date:September 10th, 2018 10:03 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a fun plant to have! :)
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From:nucleosides
Date:September 22nd, 2018 06:16 pm (UTC)
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That's a pretty plant!

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