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Splitting a bamboo

I have a large bamboo in my garden which is really thick at the base and needs thinning out, the leaves are a beautiful green colour and very healthy looking, I have some tall shoots which are about six feet tall and also look healthy, I would like to know how to thin the lower part out and can I start new plants from them, or how would I take cuttings to grow new plants, and can I grow them in a pond? Thankyou in anticipation,




  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    I have a bamboo in a wooden trough.  It's getting very compact in there.  Is it easy enough to tip it out of the trough, but a spade thru the middle of it (or cut it up into quarters), replant one half or quarter in the trough and give the rest away.  It's filled the 3 foot trough from just a few stems to full in three years.  I don't want to plant it in the ground.  Gardens not big enough!! image  Height wise it's over 10 foot tall.  I water it copiously and give a huge handful of blood, fish and bonemeal each spring. 

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    Old saw? Blimey! image

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    Can bamboo be hedge trimmed to reduce height without any long term adverse impact.  Just thinking how I would get the bamboo I didn't want into my car to take to my sister-in-law's who has a massive garden and could easily accommodate what I don't want.  

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Remember bamboo is in essence a grass.  If you hedge-trim it, I think that may be the stem's ultimate height, but it will sprout from the roots/base/runners.

    Are the stems robust enough to be used in the garden?  If yes, I would cut them at the base and use them as supports, and just give away the root section.

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    Unfortunately not that thick a stem.  Thanks for the insight.  Never thought of it as just very tall grass before.  For the bits I give away, I'll trim to about three foot.  At least then it provides a little bit of green whilst it re-establishes itself (before taking over the whole garden!! image).  

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    That I am doing Verdun.  The trough is right next to the water butts so its the first thing that gets a very good soaking every three/four days.  When the putts are empty, I just put the hose from the mains on it until the water starts dripping from the bottom.  I think with all the watering and spring feeding that's why it's filled the trough in less than 3 years.  I originally thought it would manage five years without being turned out. And the shoots are not well over 10-12 feet tall.  And very green it looks too!

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