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Old 05-14-2010, 08:20 PM
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can you cut bamboo


I have a 4' bamboo in my office, can i cut the top of it off? It is to tall
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:10 PM
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You can, but the culms that you top will die more quickly.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:59 AM
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Do you have a photo?
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:55 AM
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Plus if you top it, it may stimulate quicker growth and dont forget every next culm will be taller......well thats been my experience anyway with big culmed varieties outdoors.If it is a dwarf and/or thinner culmed varieties you might get away with it! Good luck anyway

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Old 07-07-2010, 04:43 PM
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Does it not depend on the type of bamboo you have?
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:56 PM
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Somewhat, but not completely. The monopodal (running) types normally respond better to being topped than the sympodal (clumping) types do; however if you're growing sympodal bamboo in order to eat the shoots, keeping the culms from acheiving their full height will get you more of these. It all depends on how you want to maintain the plant.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:48 PM
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Are ornamental bamboos basically the same as 'regular' bamboo, whatever that means?
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:55 PM
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I have no idea what "regular" bamboo is... Down here, we classify by use, so the really big ones like 'Robert Young' and the various cultivars of Guadua, which are monopodal bamboos, are called "timber" types. Hard-cane sympodal runners like Chusquea are "food" bamboos, and soft-cane runners like Neurolepis are "weed" or "hillcover" bamboos. All types are regarded as ornamental when used in landscaping.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:58 PM
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Thanks for the mini-course in bamboo. I appreciate it much. The only bamboo or cane I'm really familiar with is the stuff that grows around creeks and rivers and are turned into fishing poles and tomato stakes.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:26 PM
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This is just a guess but... If the bamboo is inside, what I am thinking is you have a Dracaena sanderiana, not a bamboo, just sold as 'Lucky Bamboo'

I might be wrong tho, If it is a Dracaena they can be cut as much as you want and you can root the cuttings super eaisy.
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