Pruning of yellow leaves on bamboo

Nida2006July 9, 2013

Half my bamboo plant has yellow leaves and stems. The other half is still green. It is planted in soil and I know it's not the water consumption or the fertiliser. It stays indoors however I do take it outside for some sun.
It is winter at the moment in Australia , and where I am it gets 0 degrees celcious overnight and up to 10 degrees during the day.
Can I prune the leaves only or do I have to prune the stems as well?

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gardener1(6)

Personally I would just be patient. When a bamboo changes it's leaves they will turn yellow just before they are replaced with new leaves. Pruning it may destroy new leaf buds. Plus pruning branches will not grow back. Give it time to see it may just re-leaf out I've had bamboo that lost all their leaves and I thought they were history but a little time and patience paid off because they completely re-leafed out and now they are beautiful again.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 11:46AM
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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

I agree with gardener1...you will not help the health or the permanent appearance of the plant by pruning now. You say "half" is yellow. Does that mean one of two culms has turned yellow or what? If so, it could be the natural cycle and you have a dying culm (they last about 7 years on average), which could be completely pruned out after several months if you get no re-growth.

Bamboo generally do best in the ground, not indoors, even if you do take it outside periodically. If the air is dry inside this time of year, that could explain why it is not doing well. Do you mist it? And why don't you plant it? Is it not hardy enough?

Also, what species is it?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 12:51PM
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botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)

Only because you state that it is planted in soil, is what you have lucky bamboo?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 9:01PM
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