Pruning Fargesia

gardenbug(8b)March 29, 2013

My Fargesia bamboo has been in a container for a couple of years. I am getting some new growth right now but the leaves on the rest of the plant are a very pale green/yellow. Would it be wise to cut the bamboo back and let all the new shoots grow? How can I get the leaves greener? Thank you.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

It could indicate too much/little water, inadequate light, need for fertilization, or a need for repotting. In any case, "pruning" will not help. Bamboo are not like other plants in this regard. All pruning will do is permanently remove branches that will never grow back, and it will not stimulate growth. I can't tell you exactly what is wrong given the little info provided, but I can tell you that pruning is not the solution.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 1:35PM
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I agree with Kudzu, pruning will NOT solve the problem.

However, the yellowing leaves could also be seasonal or the seasonal changing of the leaves, but it may be happening in conjuction with any combination of the problems that Kudzu mentioned also.


    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 2:55PM
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Thank you both for your quick replies. Okay, NO it! Hmmm, okay most likely seasonal changes then. I fertilized it last week with a little bit of lawn fertilizer. I haven't watered it because it is already moist. It is sitting in a sunny spot and it has several new shoots. Should it be kept in the sun? Thanks again for your help.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 3:27PM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

That all sounds fine. Sun is good as long as the soil is moist. I'm wondering how big the plant is in relation to the pot. Can you post a picture of what you are dealing with?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 3:32PM
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