Can I cut tall culms to transport them?
My trailer is only 17-feet long. Many of the culms in these clumps I'm digging up are 30-40 feet tall. Will I lose a lot more of my plants if I "top" them. I've read here that leaving as many leaves as possible is best. But, the clumps are so thick, it's hard to tell how much foliage is on which culms.
I have the material to keep the root-balls moist after digging and during transporting them to my son's house 1 1/2 hours away.
We have to cover a long distance along my son's property with the plants I will dig. I was hoping to be able spread these plants thinly. The consensus seems to be that leaving a long rhizome is best. Well, this clump I'm digging up is so thick that I can't imagine getting a lot of rhizome with each culm I separate from the clump.
So, any suggestions on what steps I might take to get the best results in digging, separating and planting this bamboo would be greatly appreciated.