How to Cut Back Bamboo

Running bamboos spread by sending underground shoots into the surrounding soil. Learn how to control them using the steps below.

Related To:
Fountain Bamboo

Fountain Bamboo

The fountain bamboo has slender, purple-green canes topped by narrow, mid-green leaves. It is compact and slow-growing.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Expose Rhizomes

Remove Underground Shoots

Remove Underground Shoots

To cut back bamboos, remove the pieces of rhizome from the soil by tugging them out by hand. If they go deep, use a fork to uncover and remove them.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use a spade blade to slice through any rhizomes that have grown into the trench area. If they are particularly tough, it may help to sharpen the blade before you do so using a sharpening stone. Alternatively, cut them away using pruners.

Step 2: Remove Underground Shoots

Remove Underground Shoots

Remove Underground Shoots

To cut back bamboos, remove the pieces of rhizome from the soil by tugging them out by hand. If they go deep, use a fork to uncover and remove them.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove the pieces of rhizome from the soil by tugging them out by hand. If they go particularly deep into the ground, use a fork to uncover and remove them. Either dispose of them, or pot them up to create new bamboo plants.

Step 3: Refill the Trench

Refill the Trench

Refill the Trench

When cutting back bamboos, refill the trench with the soil you removed earlier. If any further shoots start to spread out beyond the rootball area, cut them off immediately.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Refill the trench with the soil you removed earlier. If any further shoots start to spread out beyond the root-ball area, cut them off immediately. This process will probably need to be repeated next season to keep the plant in check.

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