If you’re convinced of the potentials of bamboo growing, thefollowing procedure should help you get started. Let us assume that you have a one-hectare lot. It can be less but the important thing is to be close to sources of water, the soil should be sandy loam and well drained. Stake the area at a spacing of 8 meters by 8 meters. Remove weeds and other vegetation that may compete with the bamboo.
The nextstep is to prepare planting stocks for direct out-planting. They can be obtained from the butt to the middle portion of one-to-two-year old culms. These culms should have undisturbed, fresh buds. Branches can also be used as planting stocks, although they should be treated with Hormex to induce rooting.
If you decide to use branches as planting stock, these must first be planted in 6 inches by 8 inches plastic bags containing topsoil. The branchesshould stay in a plant nursery for about 6 to 10 months with only 50 percent sunlight. Watering should be done daily.
Should you use two node cuttings, collect them one day before outplanting, preferably in the afternoon. Use a hand-saw for cutting and keep them under cover with moist cloth. About 156 planting stocks will be enough for a one hectare area.
Remove the internal organs, gills, blood and slime.
Remove the backbone and dorsal fins by means of a sharp knife.
With the use of forceps, remove the spines at the belly cavity. This can be done easily because the spiner are superficially embedded.
Make a superficial slit along the dent of the dorsal and ventral muscles with the edge of a knife. Remove spines one after the other by inserting the pair of forceps between the segments of the dorsal and ventral muscles.
Continue removing the spines insimilar manner on the dorsal and ventral areas until all spines are eliminated.
From the dorsal portion, there are approximately 44 branching spines embedded between the muscle segments. Starting from the nape along the lateral line 22 spines are embedded and along the ventral muscles are24 spines.
Source: semi intensive pond for milkfish, DA brochure