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Pruning a potted P. Aurea (Golden Bamboo)

Posted by travelsfo CA (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 27, 09 at 22:41

I have some potted golden bamboos that are 15 feet tall in 24" square redwood planters. I'd like them to fill in more quickly towards the top. Can I force this by doing a bit of pruning on the lower stems growing out of culms?

Does it hurt to do any pruning at this stage? The bamboo has been in the pots for about 8 months and seem to be doing well.

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RE: Pruning a potted P. Aurea (Golden Bamboo)

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 27, 09 at 23:23

Pruning of the lower culms is unlikely to do much if anything except permanently reduce the amount of foliage. Bamboo do not grow like bushes and trees. The culms will not get taller or larger in diameter than what they are during the year they come up, and they will also not add branches due to pruning. The bamboo is doing what it wants to do, and you can't do much to influence it. You can prune whatever you want, but that growth will be gone forever, and you shouldn't expect to get new growth in another part of the plant as a result of pruning.

RE: Pruning a potted P. Aurea (Golden Bamboo)

Thanks for the quick response. I will probably go about fertilizing and maintaining it and see what happens this Spring.

RE: Pruning a potted P. Aurea (Golden Bamboo)

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 28, 09 at 13:54

Proper fertilizer -- I use a handful of slow release fertilizer, like Osmocote, twice a year -- and proper watering is your best bet. Good luck.

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