one more quick question about transplanting

canduJune 25, 2008

As I said in the original post, I trimmed the lower leaves but left the height. Should I "top" the plants to say 1/2 the height in order to force growth down into the rhizome or just let them be as they are (10-15ft)??? thanks in advance

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bambookid524

I usually top my plants if they are over 6 feet because then they start to wilt over. It will also force root growth, and leaf growth. I topped a plant about 3 weeks ago, and it already has almost doubled it's root mass and has a full new set of leaves on it and is shooting right now. Two shoot since I topped it.

-Steve

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 11:21AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I've never been a big fan of topping bamboo, and avoid doing it unless the plant is really in a bad way. I'm not convinced that topping causes significant rhizome growth that wouldn't occur naturally, and the plant looks butchered. I know that topping is supposed to bring the leaf mass back into balance with the rhizome mass of a new division, but I don't believe this is always necessary. I've made divisions without topping and have even had new shoots come up shortly thereafter. For me, the key is getting the biggest rootball I can.

To top or not to top?: that is a question on which reasonable people can disagree...

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 12:27PM
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