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Black Bamboo

I have had 2 Back Bamboo in very large pots for 3 years. After our awful winter I wasnt sure if the had survived. ( I am almost certain that I have lost 2 Olive trees). However, There are new lovely green shoots coming through at the base of both Bamboo. Now, do I cut the whole thing back to the new growth or leave well alone. The existing leaves have brown tips and a lot of bare twigs....Do I cut off back to the main branch ?


  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481
    It’s difficult to kill bamboo. You can cut it back if you like, but you don’t need to unless the old growth is unsightly. 
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  • Thank you both for your replies. I have fed them ( and the Olive trees) well and will take the top off. They do make a good trellis substitute for the clematis so am very glad they are alive 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,313
    I'd leave them for a while. The old stems won't get any taller but they might well produce more foliage.
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