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Shall I lop them off??

Posted by luckyladyd 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 6, 09 at 20:04

Hi Everyone,

My question is about how to get more of my bamboo to grow huge diameter and tall shoots. They were planted from five gallon containers about five years ago. The growth on the exterior fringes are tall and strong; however, the original (center) of the plants are smaller and crowded. If I lop off the central culms, will they regrow larger? Or will I just be killing off part of the healthy plant? I have two varieties - phylostachys nuda and arueala. Thanks!

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RE: Shall I lop them off??

Bamboo are not like trees and shrubs. All bamboo culms emerge from the ground at their final diameter and will reach their final height in the 1-2 months after they first emerge from the ground. Pruning will permanently get rid of the part of the plant you cut off and there will be no re-growth or increased bushiness. Other than fertilizing or watering, there is nothing you can do to get more growth.

RE: Shall I lop them off??

Thanks, Kudzu9! My DH was wanting to lop them and I was afraid. Glad I asked!

RE: Shall I lop them off??

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 7, 09 at 23:49

I don't have a problem with pruning out smaller stuff, if it improves the overall look of the grove. However, when it's gone it's gone, so I'm glad you asked.

RE: Shall I lop them off??


If small diameter culms are pruned out of the middle of a stand will larger culms eventually fill in the gap?

Is there any difference in this respect between clumping and running species?


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