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    Hi all,
    I'm not really sure if this warrants it's own thread.
    I've checked the search function and could not find any topic on this..
    .. quite simply, I'm curious to know if anyone paints or coats their bamboo canes at the ends to preserve and prolong the life of them, and what they use for it ?
    I have some green colour cuprinol lying around and will likely experiment painting the end of a cane or two to see how it adheres to the bamboo. Obviously it's the part of the cane in contact with the soil that deteriorates most quickly and I don't think its worth painting more than 10 inches up the cane...

    Research seems to suggest that bamboo is pretty good at thickening over time and creates it's own natural barrier against rotting.
    Usually I get 2-3 seasons of use out of my bamboo canes which I buy from a garden centre and I don't mind replacing old stock occasionally, but you can usually make things go further with a little thought and effort, if you know what I mean.
    I had to buy a lot of canes this year for my runners and felt the pinch, despite foraging hard for lengths of wood on site and off site I wasn't able to find sufficient quantities of them for the amount of veg that I grow.
    I will likely trial lightly sanding the end of a cane to key it and try a variety of different options such as :

    Cuprinol
    Old paint I have lying around
    Cold applied roofing bitumen (applied with paint brush)

    Given that , on the whole, paints and preserves are pretty toxic, I'm in two minds as to whether I want these coming into contact with my much valued and precious organic soil beds. Granted that this is probably more of an anxiety than a real concern.

    Any suggestions and thoughts are as always welcome.
    Thanks for reading.
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    I lift the canes when no longer needed and store them undercover in winter.
    Split ends are trimmed off - shorter canes are used in the GH.

    When I need more canes, I cut them out of a clump of bamboo or the hazel in the hedge.
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    I've never painted my canes. I do try and store them undercover in the Winter though. They do get an old drinks can put over the top end while in use. This is since my husband fell on one which gave him a hell of a bruise. Also the rattling of the cans in the breeze keeps birds away (in theory).
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    I've also seen inverted pot plantpots stuffed with straw too, acting as earwig traps. I imagine old drink cans could be used in the same way.
    I have a few very small pot plantpots which I pop over the end of my hazel canes which stops me from poking my eyes out.
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    Interesting insights everyone, thanks.
    I do store my canes in the rain proof shed when not in use.
    I'll give the paint idea a go and report back.
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    If you're determined to do this, fill a pot with the "paint" and stand the canes in it. You don't need a paint brush.
    How about yacht varnish or melted wax.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    When I need more canes, I cut them out of a clump of bamboo or the hazel in the hedge.
    I am keeping some Ash in our hedge for sinilar reasons, I keep it coppiced down and every year it sends up some good straight stems which are long enough for my needs and so far are lasting well.
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    I have a bunch of black bamboo growing in an uninviting corner of my wilderness - planted as a 2 Wilkinson special about 10 years ago, its now about 10' high and 15' across - so now I can harvest 15 or so canes every year, which is plenty for me.

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