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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
May 29, 2020 3:55 PM CST
My son have this bamboo in his backyard; I noticed that it has browning leaves the last couple of weeks.
Does it need more watering? Or is it something else?

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oneeyeluke
May 30, 2020 1:32 AM CST
Try to keep the brown stuff cut out of the bamboo. I don't think its from lack of water because of the spring rains. After removing the dead canes watch for more decline and if it continues then you may need to do something else, but right now just remove the dead canes.
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
May 30, 2020 9:45 AM CST
Thks @oneeyeluke, do you grow bamboo too?
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Name: GERALD
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IntheHotofTexas
Jun 14, 2020 8:11 AM CST
Might need water. Most bamboo really doesn't like wet feet, but in a drought, mine can start looking like that, but I haven't seen much of it with all the rain we had. Still, I see stuff in different stages of dying, so I might challenge it with some brief waterings. The clump looks pretty healthy. It looks like there's a new shoot. I think I'd cut it out so new browning is more obvious from the start and note the browning starts with leave tips. Mine really like a handful of lawn fertilizer from time to time, used with discretion. Not that I think that's the problem here.
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2020 10:12 AM CST
Water or fertilizer (or both). If your soil is alkaline, add acid fertilizer. I know most recommend lawn food but I use Camellia/azalea food because the soil is very alkaline here.

I would start with the water. Bamboo grows so tightly, sometimes water can't penetrate to the roots so it takes a little effort. (hose on drop laying in the bamboo and moved periodically for several hours).
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