Nandina (purple Passion) Trimming To Make It Fuller - Knowledgebase Question

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
Question by b4shiba
June 18, 2003
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


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Answer from NGA
June 18, 2003

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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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