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Zone 33487 | brandckr added on September 30, 2016 | Answered

I have 3 or 4 areas planted with giant white birds as the focal point. One area has 2 stalks that are over 20′ tall, which I need to remove or cut back, as I don’t want to deal with wind damage from storms (I live in south FL). If I cut the stalk to say 3′ or 4′ in height, will the stalk regenerate with the plant growing from the remaining stalk or do I need to remove the stalk entirely?

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Answered on September 30, 2016

It is best to cut only 1/3 of the plant's size in any one year. If that plant has at least 3 stalks, you could cut one of the stalks to the ground. Otherwise, plan to cut 1/3 off the height each year.

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