How to Trim a Dead Bamboo Stalk

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Bamboo plants are the largest member of the grass family. They are woody evergreen plants that grow extremely quickly, with some varieties growing up to 2 inches per hour. Pruning is important for maintaining the form of the plant, as well as encouraging it to grow more leaves for a fuller appearance. If you need to prune a dead bamboo stalk to encourage new growth, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Pruning scissors or shears
  • Locate the dead stalks that you need to remove from the bamboo plant. They are brownish with a broken appearance.

  • Use the pruning scissors to carefully cut off any dead stalks that are smaller then 1/2 inch thick. Cut these smaller dead stalks back to the node closest to the ground.

  • Use the pruning shears to cut off the stalks that are thicker than 1/2 inch. Cut these close to the base of the plant too, to the node closest to the ground.

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