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

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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

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2003
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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