Bamboo Trees

Sorry, but I am new to this site and think it looks great and perfect for my needs.  However, as someone who is not very good with techno things, following sites, etc., (but I can make a lovely lemon meringue pie!!) I am not sure how to ask a question and advice from any of you keen gardeners!!  So, here goes, if I am in the wrong place, I am sure one of you can kindly lead me to the correct section - my question is, if I cut down my 3 lovely bamboo trees (about 10ft/12ft high) to about 5ft high, will they grow back up again, or will I have damaged their growth meaning they will stay at the lower height.  I do have my reasons for wanting to cut them down, but I only wanted it to be a temporary thing really and hope that they would grow back up to 10/12ft again.  I did not keep the tickets so am unaware of their name but they were purchased from the local garden centre.  Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you all.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,216

    bamboos are wonderful plants. However, each stem only grows vertically in its first year so once cut , the stems won't regrow.

    Depending how overgrown it is, use anything you can, secatuers, loppers, ( I've even used an old bread knife ) to thin it out at the base . Take out the oldest , woodiest looking stems and leave the younger stems is ideal. Give it a good mulch with garden compost or well rotted manure and you'll get a good flush of fresh new shoots later in the Spring

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    How long have the bamboos been there and how many stems has each one got?

    If you want them out of the way temporarily could you tie them to one side?

  • Before you go mad and cut all the shoots down, it may pay you to look for a few nice stems, scrape away the compost and see if they have roots.  You can then work back into the plant and snip stem with root intact and pot on.  That way, if anything goes wrong, you will have new plants to replace the old.

    The lemon meringue pie sounds good image 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Mmmmm lemon meringue pie... 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,830

    Wendy - you may be new here but you certainly know how to friends and influence people image  They're anyone's for a piece of cake - especially Verdun image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    hi Wendy i have bamboo so i looked it up on Bamboo RHS there are 2 types Running (invasive) Clumping ( not invasive) have a look
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I've got a biggish garden with some wild bits and bamboo is fine. It's not something I'd recommend for more cultivated areas. 

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,092

    My own experience is totally different to that of Verdun, which doesn't mean Verdun hasn't experienced problems.  I have the golden and black versions of Phyllostachys and one clump forming bamboo and haven't had any problems with any of them becoming invasive.  They have been in the garden at least 10 years.  The golder Phyllostachys has thrown out a couple of runners but I've simply chopped them away and pulled them out.  They certainly haven't turned the garden into in impenetrable jungle, unlike the runners which came up from my neighbour's fruit trees.  They were a devil of a job to get rid of.

    I've seen it suggested to contain bamboo by sinking a plastic dustbin, with the bottom cut out, and planting the bamboo in that.

  • gerrykgerryk Posts: 24

    hi wendy, i have clump forming non invasive bamboo. i cut it as needed and take root cuttings with great success. hope this helps "meringue sounds good"

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    for tall plants the previous owners along with bamboo planted pampas now that really is stunning,about 10 feet tall flowing in the high winds its in my opinion far better looking than my bamboo and no probs, i am worried about the bamboo as one is too close to my really good neighbours fence i will be having a good look at it ,
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