The establishment, development and growth of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii

  • B N Kigomo
  • J M Were


A study was conducted at Jilore (Coast Province) to find out the most suitable vegetative materials for the propagation of

D. hamiltonii and its field establishment.In order to test the performance of the species in different ecological zones, the best planting materials (cuttings) were used for planting at Gede and Jilore, Muguga (central highlands) and Kakamega and Siaya (Lake Victoria basin region). Growth dynamics of the species was monitored for 3.5 years at Jilore and 2.5 years at the rest of the experimental sites. Dendrocalamus hamiltonii was easily propagated through cuttings, which established, survived and grew well in the field. Rhizomes and  offsets also established and survived well but not as rated for cutting materials. The  species had better growth rates and survival at the coast and the Lake basin sites than the highland site at Muguga. Through cuttings and at 4-5-m spacing, the species is therefore recommended for planting in warm areas like the coast and the Lake basin region. Further research work to enhance field tending and sustained harvesting is suggested.

How to Cite
Kigomo, B., & Were, J. (2008). The establishment, development and growth of Dendrocalamus hamiltonii. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 60(1). Retrieved from