The most endearing aspect of bamboo from the point of view of utility, perhaps, is that it comes almost ready-to-use. It could very well be that because of this singular feature, bamboo today is a much overexploited plant. The acute shortage, at least in some parts of the bamboo world, of raw materials has forced greater attention to propagation practices and techniques. Irregular supply of seeds for many common bamboo species has been the main reason for the high and continued dependence on vegetative
propagation. Over the years, many new vegetative propagation techniques have been developed, tested and perfected. This manual
is an attempt to summarize such techniques that are now in practice for the benefit of all those who are involved with bamboo cultivation.