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How to dry the reeds


Often what we callbamboo sticksthey are the most commonreeds domestic, it is theArundo donax, a perennial herbaceous plant with a long, hollow and robust stem that grows in even soilsrelativelypoor.

TherecaneArundo donax containsilicaand for this they are resistant and highly durable. In the past they were used for the production of fishing rods, walking sticks and for the production of paper. With the stems ofreedsmunicipalities can be obtained excellentplant stakes, in fact, the hardest stems are used as a support for climbing plants and vine, pea, cucumber or tomato plants.

Rather than seehow to dry bamboo canes(less common on the Italian territory) we will see how to dry the most widespread reeds domestic.

  • Cut the reeds at the desired height, a couple of meters is recommended if you plan to use them for the construction of a pergola.
  • Place thereedsvertically (if there is enough space) or spread them out horizontally, resting on the ground, sheltered from the elements. You just need a canopy to protect thereedsfrom the rain, open on the sides, so as to allow the continuous exchange of air, preventing the formation of stagnant humidity.
  • If you rest the rods on the ground, try to lift them off the ground by placing joists or boards with a thickness of at least 10-15 cm under them. Place the boards, one from the other, at a distance of about 150 cm, so as to facilitate ventilation of the rods on all sides, even at the base.

The drying time can vary a lot, starting from six to twelve months depending on the climatic conditions, the degree of humidity and the cutting period of thereeds. At any time of the year it is not recommended to dodry the reedsdirectly in the sun. Rods exposed to direct sunlight may dry out faster but will suffer in durability, strength and strength.

The image above shows the shape of the common domestic cane in detail, while in the latter image below a bamboo forest is taken, photo taken by our editorial coordinator Anna De Simone.

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