The Q&A Archives: Nandina (purple Passion) Trimming To Make It Fuller

Question: Our Purple Passion Heavenly Bamboo is growing tall and skinny while a different variety growing in the same place is growing very bushy. Is it possible to trim the Purple Passion to make it bushier? Please advise. Thanks

Answer: You can redirect growth on your nandina by pruning some of the oldest canes down to the ground. If you simply clip the foliage back, you'll end up with a bare section towards the bottom and lots of foliage on top (a little like a lollipop!). New stems will grow from the crown of the plant if you cut the older stems down. After 2-3 years of removing the oldest wood, you'll eventually have a fuller plant with newer stems.

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