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Aug 13, 2017 2:22 PM CST
Elk Grove , CA
I'm having trouble with my horsetail reed. I have a couple large and narrow planters I'm trying to grow a thick and straight wall of the reed in. The reeds are growing well, but need pruning often as they grow too high and then start growing sideways or falling down. But, when I prune the reeds the particular reed I trim starts a new growth off the side of the tip I trimmed. So now I'm getting a bunch of skinny little reeds growing haphazardly off the shoots, looking anything but straight and uniform. As you can see in the pix, those are both reeds that I pruned. The original stalk stopped growing where I cut it and the skinnier reeds are now growing off of it. Is there a certain way to cut the reeds where they don't start growing tiny offshoots?
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Aug 13, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Don't you hate it when your plants do what they think they should do instead of what you think they should do?

Maybe you should have chosen a different plant, like bamboo or cattails - they won't branch when you cut them off.
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Aug 13, 2017 4:21 PM CST
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That's just the way the horsetails (Equisetum) grow, I'm afraid. If you cut them off closer to the base of the plant they probably would send out multiple shoots and be bushier.
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