The Q&A Archives: Heavenly Bamboo Plants

Question: I have a few heavenly bamboo plants in my yard and I'm not sure how to trim them to keep them looking natural. I must have trimmed a few of them incorrectly the first time because they now look like they have a flat top while others in my yard are getting very tall and thin. thanks.

Answer: If you look closely at the base of your nandina, you'll see that there are old stems and new stems growing in a clump. To keep them looking natural, cut some of the oldest stems down at ground level; shorten some of the newest stems by about one-third. Thinning in this manner will provide a more natural appearance than if you took hedge trimmers to the plants and squared them off (or topped them). Best wishes with your landscape!

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