Lisoka Estate Malawi - March 2014

In December 2013 at the onset of the rainy season we began planting 30ha of bamboo on a 256ha timber estate 30 minutes outside of Lilongwe, the initial 30ha was completed by March 2014. The plantation will also be used to produce fuel and showcase bamboo to potential customers.

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Trial Plantings - March 2016

Here are some updated pictures of the trial plantings, the first series is of a block that received no water during the prolonged dry season. The total annual rainfall was only around 600mm, making it one of the driest in the past 30 years. 

 The fist series of pics below are of bamboo that was planted in 2012

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This is a picture taken in March 2014 of plants that were planted in 2012

 

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A pic of the same block taken in March 2015

 

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A pic of the same block taken in Oct 2015 at the peak of the dry season

 

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 A pic of the same plants taken in March 2016

 

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 Another pic of the same block taken in March 2016

 

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We planted some maze in the center of the trail plot, its stunted height is a good indication of

how late and short this rainy season has been, despite this the bamboo exceeded expectations.

 

 

Blow is a series of pics taken in October 2015 showing the bamboo at the peak of the dry season and just

how hardy they are

 

Blow is a series of pics taken in March 2016 showing the new shoot development and mulching practices

Trial Plantings - March 2014

In  2012 we began trial plantings of giant tropical bamboo to determine which species would perform the best under local conditions, while Malawi has warm summers and mild winters its rainy season is very short and species need to endure an extended dry season.

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Trial Plantings - March 2015

Updated pics of our the two year old trail plantings, the results are most impressive!

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