How to Prune a Clumping Bamboo
In this video demonstration, I thin out a young planting of Fargesia scabrida. This particular plant started from a full, #2 container, and has been in the ground for three growing seasons. One thing I don't mention in the video is that I like to prune my clumping bamboos in fall, well after the current season's shoots have finished growing for the year. Also, the clumping bamboos I grow and am familiar with are the temperate, frost hardy clumpers that do well here west of the Cascades in Washington, Oregon, part of B.C. and other regions with similar climates. Timing and techniques for the sub-tropical and tropical bamboos (which include many of the giant timber bamboos) may be very different from those I demonstrate here.