Bamboo comes in all sorts of colors and sizes.

There are many different types of bamboo, all of which have their own appearance.

Moso Bamboo

Moso bamboo is a real show bamboo. It is naturally very yellow and has a kind of wax layer. This layer protects the bamboo and is a natural Bamboo Protector. Moso bamboo is the kind that is used for panel material. The color difference between the Moso stick and the bamboo panel is due to the processing: bamboo contains natural sugars. These sugars caramelize during the process and give the caramel color.

Moso bamboo sometimes wants to grow crooked. Therefore, some poles are “helped” so that they can still be used for a fence. By heating the bamboo, it can be straightened. This gives you a kind of heat stain on the bamboo that makes it completely unique as it is. Sometimes we get bamboo that is still green. This takes on the recognizable yellow color after a few weeks in the sun.

Tonkin Bamboo

Tonkin bamboo is a fairly thin bamboo with a relatively thick wall. This makes it comparatively very strong and makes it an excellent stick for guiding plants. You often see this bamboo in (vegetable) gardens as climbing pyramids or climbing frames on fences or walls. Tonkin has a natural beige color, sometimes tending towards gray-green. It has a shiny outer layer. Due to its relatively thick wall, Tonkin absorbs the most CO2 per kilo.

Bamboo care

So, the color differences in our bamboo are always natural. Each species can be identified by unique characteristics such as the outer layer, the shade and the distance between the nodes.

Bamboo ages like any other natural product. Weather conditions and location are important factors. How much sun shines directly on your bamboo? That will determine how quickly the bamboo ages. As you may have read, some types of bamboo have a natural wax coating. It is better not to treat these types of bamboo with a stain right away. That would mold in conjunction with the wax coating. Therefore, it is best to treat these bamboos with Bamboo Booster to give them a good start. Other types of bamboo can be treated directly with Bamboo Protector. Treat your bamboo every year to maintain its color. You can also give a weathered natural bamboo a slightly warmer color by using our Bamboo Black Renovator. This contains a small pigment and gives the natural bamboo a warm caramel color.