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I have a large bamboo in my garden which is really thick at the base and needs thinning out, the leaves are a beautiful green colour and very healthy looking, I have some tall shoots which are about six feet tall and also look healthy, I would like to know how to thin the lower part out and can I start new plants from them, or how would I take cuttings to grow new plants, and can I grow them in a pond? Thankyou in anticipation,



Hi, just dig down a bit and pull or hack off a runner.  Pot,up,or plant out.  They need moisture until established.  .you sure you want more?

No wont grow In a pond.

I have a bamboo in a wooden trough.  It's getting very compact in there.  Is it easy enough to tip it out of the trough, but a spade thru the middle of it (or cut it up into quarters), replant one half or quarter in the trough and give the rest away.  It's filled the 3 foot trough from just a few stems to full in three years.  I don't want to plant it in the ground.  Gardens not big enough!!   Height wise it's over 10 foot tall.  I water it copiously and give a huge handful of blood, fish and bonemeal each spring. 

Tim, I imagine it to be very difficult to get it out of that planter in one piece but you prob will.

I would take a vigorous outer piece using an old saw and replant in John innes.  Someone will prob want the rest but I would take it to the local skip

Old saw? Blimey! 


Can bamboo be hedge trimmed to reduce height without any long term adverse impact.  Just thinking how I would get the bamboo I didn't want into my car to take to my sister-in-law's who has a massive garden and could easily accommodate what I don't want.  


Remember bamboo is in essence a grass.  If you hedge-trim it, I think that may be the stem's ultimate height, but it will sprout from the roots/base/runners.

Are the stems robust enough to be used in the garden?  If yes, I would cut them at the base and use them as supports, and just give away the root section.

Unfortunately not that thick a stem.  Thanks for the insight.  Never thought of it as just very tall grass before.  For the bits I give away, I'll trim to about three foot.  At least then it provides a little bit of green whilst it re-establishes itself (before taking over the whole garden!! ).  


bamboo is more than just a grass type.  think of it as japanese knotweed instead

I have grown several varieties and everyone has been a nuisance.  Luckily I eradicated before they established themselves.


Funny things though...they dont really like pots or do that well in them unless you can water them copiosly

That I am doing Verdun.  The trough is right next to the water butts so its the first thing that gets a very good soaking every three/four days.  When the putts are empty, I just put the hose from the mains on it until the water starts dripping from the bottom.  I think with all the watering and spring feeding that's why it's filled the trough in less than 3 years.  I originally thought it would manage five years without being turned out. And the shoots are not well over 10-12 feet tall.  And very green it looks too!

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