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

Posted by kevingalaxy nj (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 21, 09 at 10:53

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


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

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 21, 09 at 13:02

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...


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

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.


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

Pruned forever sounds good! Thanks all.


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