How to prune/top black bamboo that is getting too tall?

kevingalaxySeptember 21, 2009

Any tips? Should i just cut them at the height i want them? Thanks all.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

You can prune back anything you want. It just might not look great because bamboo are not like trees and bushes. What you prune back is gone and will not be replaced by other branches or more leaves. Each culm reaches its maximum size in the growing season during which it first emerges. It will never get taller, wider, or bushier. So just keep that in mind as you do your chopping...

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 1:02PM
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tcstoehr

Yeah, they don't look quite as good when you top them, but it's not really bad at all. And the nice thing is that once you cut them, they won't ever regrow. Imagine that, once pruned... they stay pruned! Of course, the next year's culms will reach for the sky.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 1:57PM
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kevingalaxy

Pruned forever sounds good! Thanks all.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 4:06PM
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