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Houston, Texas
Feb 10, 2018 8:55 AM CST
The recent freezes in houston Texas have left my timber bamboo brow half way up(12ft) with no leaves to the top. How should I care for the bamboo? Cut down and start over? Leave it alone? Etc. Thank you for your help!
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Feb 10, 2018 10:18 AM CST
I am not a bamboo expert by any means but if they were mine, I would cut into a couple of stems and see if they are dead and brown all the way through. If they are dead, and the others do not improve, I imagine you could cut them all back to a certain height. If the root stock did not freeze solid, they will probably resprout.
Pending a resprouting I would also imagine that going forward if you trimmed back all of the damaged stalks to say 3feet tall, then when the new shoots grow above that height, that will look better than having green stalks interlaced with the dead ones.
Plus keep in mind should they all mix, living with dead, the dead ones will be much more difficult to remove without injuring the living.
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