Heavenly Bamboo Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Glendora, CA
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Question by susanomokaw
September 18, 2006
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 from NGA
September 18, 2006
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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