Bamboo comes in all sorts of colours and sizes. The bamboo we sell has the same colour as the one you receive, we do not change this. Only the black floor boards are thermally modified to achieve the darker colour. Natural bamboo has its own colour differences. There are many different types of bamboo and they all have their own look.
Moso bamboo is a real show bamboo. It is very yellow and has a kind of wax layer. This layer protects the bamboo and this also ensures that you cannot treat this bamboo directly with the UV protector. Moso bamboo is the type that is used in panels. Two colour versions are possible. The difference in colour is due to the process: There are natural sugars in bamboo. These sugars caramelise during the process and give the caramel colour.
Moso bamboo can sometimes grow crooked. This is why some of the poles are given a helping hand in order to be used in a fence. By heating the bamboo, it can be straightened. This way you get a kind of heat spots on the bamboo, which make the bamboo unique as it is. Sometimes we receive Moso bamboo that is still a little green. This will give it its recognisable yellow colour after a few weeks in the sun.
Tonkin bamboo is a fairly thin bamboo with a relatively thick wall. This makes it comparatively very strong and extremely suitable for climbing plants. You often see this bamboo in (vegetable) gardens as climbing pyramids or climbing frames for fences or walls. Tonkin has a natural beige colour which sometimes tends to grey-green. It has a shiny outer layer. Because of its relatively thick wall, tonkin absorbs the most CO2 per kilo.
This black Chinese bamboo can be recognised by its black colour and prominent nodes that often stick out a little. This bamboo is a black bamboo and is really black. None of our bamboos are dyed, including the nigra. This does mean that there is sometimes a difference in colour. You can already see the colour difference on the stem if you look at the bamboo before harvesting. When drying, the difference becomes even more apparent. This is how you sometimes get a kind of "stain" from natural bamboo on the canes in your bamboo mat. The nigra bamboo has a bit more of a shine to it, just like the moso bamboo.
This variety is related to the nigra bamboo. It is also known as leopard bamboo or tiger bamboo. Whereas the nigra has outliers that have occasional 'spots', this bamboo has only such a pattern. This bamboo is unfortunately not suitable for commercial purposes and is therefore no longer sold by us. This bamboo is nice to keep as a planting in the garden.
Guadua bamboo is a super strong bamboo with a thicker wall. This bamboo has a natural beige colour. Guadua's beige colour tends to be slightly greyish. The stem is matte in colour and has an open texture. This bamboo is the only species we get from South America. It grows in Colombia.
Tali is an Indonesian bamboo that does fall into the category of natural or beige, but tends more towards a warm yellow. The tali can be recognised by the long pieces between the nodes and the matte appearance. You often see this bamboo in the bamboo screens as garden fencing, but our roller blinds are also made of tali bamboo.
Java black bamboo
The name says it all: this bamboo is a black bamboo from the island of Java. This black bamboo is slightly more colourfast than the nigra. Nevertheless, some colour difference is always possible. The java grows to larger diameters. This makes it very suitable for black bamboo pergolas. It is also used in bamboo garden screens and our folding screens.
The colour difference in our bamboo is therefore always natural. Each species can always be recognised by unique characteristics such as the outer layer, colour tone and space between nodes.
Bamboo ages like any other natural product. Weather conditions and placement are important factors here. How much sun shines directly on your bamboo? This determines how quickly the bamboo fades. As you have read, some bamboos have a natural wax layer. These bamboos should not be treated with a stain right away. This is because mold in combination with the wax layer. You can therefore best treat the bamboo with a bamboo booster oil to give him a good start. The other bamboos can be treated directly with the UV protector. Treat your bamboo every year to ensure the colour. You can also give a weathered natural bamboo a slightly warmer colour by using our black renovator. This contains a small amount of pigment and gives a warm caramel colour to a natural bamboo.
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