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Q.Extreme bamboo pruning

Anonymous added on July 22, 2015 | Answered

My husband thought he was doing me a favor by trimming the base of the bamboo. He went a bit too far and chopped the tops off of every cluster and removed every leaf off each of the plants. They are in a love cluster outside, but have been reduced to sticks. Is there any chance they will survive? The grove has been there for 5-7 years and used to stand 12-15 feet tall.

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Answered on July 23, 2015

Normally with bamboo, you do not prune, you dig. Bamboo spreads quickly and to maintain a contained space, anything that is outside the space is dug up.

Don't worry, bamboo plants are hard to hurt. You can prune bamboo quite freely to reshape it or to rejuvenate it. It really is a plant that can take almost any abuse. Just trim away any parts that are looking a bit ragged. It will grow back more lush and full.

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