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 Post subject: arundo donax source?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:32 pm 
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For you pipers who are growing your own arundo donax, where did you get it? I have looked around on the net, but all that I have found so far are variegated varieties, and I'm not sure that's what I want. I think it would grow where I live if I could find some.

So where did you get the arundo donax that you planted??


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:02 pm 
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I don’t know anyone who grows their own cane. The stuff grows wild in Spain, Florida, South of France, California, etc. Mostly people just harvest and dry wild cane. Arondo donax is often considered an invasive species and can be removed without permit (but you should check locally).

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:25 am 
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It depends where in the world you are.

It does grow wild in warmer climates and I could never see anyone complaining if you harvest some for your own use. But, it does need to be dried correctly to achieve the correct hardness.

I bought some a couple of years ago, and it’s struggled to produce anything larger than drone sized canes. But it does seem to increase in size as each year goes by. Hopefully next year I’ll have enough for a couple of flat chanter reeds.

I’m in the soggy cool U.K. by the way.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:55 pm 
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jon1908 wrote:
It depends where in the world you are.

It does grow wild in warmer climates and I could never see anyone complaining if you harvest some for your own use. But, it does need to be dried correctly to achieve the correct hardness.

I bought some a couple of years ago, and it’s struggled to produce anything larger than drone sized canes. But it does seem to increase in size as each year goes by. Hopefully next year I’ll have enough for a couple of flat chanter reeds.

I’m in the soggy cool U.K. by the way.


I'm in the southern United States. I have read on the network that arundo donax has been naturalized as far north as Virginia and Missouri and generally does well in the Southeastern U.S., so if I can find some, I'm going to try it.

I have read that it can be invasive in some places, so I will likely try growing it in an area that it will be difficult for it to escape from. We'll see what happens.

Thanks for the replies...


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For pipers in northern climes, phragmites would be available, and maybe cultivable. It's fragility can be problematic, but good reeds have been reported as possible.

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I have successfully used phragmites for drone reeds. You can find thicker walled quills if you have the quantity of available canethat I did. Even the thinner stuff made decent reeds as long as you didn't squeeze them too hard. Never found any large enough for chanter reeds.

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Where in the southern US do you live, Crofter? I live in Texas, where it is quite common and oddly known as Georgia cane - I'm pretty sure the Spanish introduced it here. You'll need to cut a bit of the root stock and plant it, if you can find it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:16 pm 
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OK. This isn't really about piping. That won't come for several years, I guess, but I just saw today that my Arundo donax has survived the Winter so far and is sprouting. Yea! But I guess it will be a long time before it's big enough to get reeds from.

Now to find a decent used half-set for a reasonable price...


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