Is it normal for bamboo to branch all the way to the ground.
Hello. I've been growing the various kinds of Phyllostachys hardy bamboos here in Michigan for almost 20 years. I have aureosulcata, aureus, nuda, nigra, the snakeskin one (I think that one is P. nigra henon) and a couple of others whose names currently escape me, but I have the names written down somewhere.
In all of these years of growing, I never get those nice, unbranched clean canes that I see in photos. Mine always branch all the way to the ground.
Is that normal for them? Are the ones that are bare for a ways up the cane actually trimmed up to look like that.
They do great, and I love them. Depending upon the growing season, I've gotten canes as tall as 15 to 20 feet, and up to about 2 inches across. Most winters, of course, they die back to the ground, but I've had them overwinter some milder years without damage.
Does overcrowding of the canes contribute to this perhaps? My beds are awfully full and thick, they aren't those graceful groves one sees in the photos, more like big, thick hedgerows. Perhaps I need to thin the canes out?
I don't mind doing this manually if Mother Nature won't do it for me. Just wondering.