Pruning bamboo is the process of cutting and eliminating the culm branches that have out grown in the bamboo plant. Also, damaged leaves and branches are cut off the plant. Bamboo pruning is done to allow control of the size and other dimensions of the bamboo plant. This is obtained since once any part of the bamboo plant pruned cut off can never grow.
Apart from the dimensional development of the bamboo pruning also enhances the health of the plant. In cases where you want to maintain the height of the bamboo, a special type of pruning called topping is recommended. However, this type of bamboo pruning can only be done once a year. This is because, the shoots in a bamboo, are only known to emerge annually.
What is the process of pruning bamboo?
Therefore, having understood the importance of bamboo plants and also pruning of bamboo, the process of pruning is essential. Pruning is the actual cutting off any outgrown stem or danged leaves in a bamboo plant. The choice of equipment to use is dependence on how thick the culm is. The equipment you will require for the pruning process is;
₋ Solution with 10% bleach (where you do not have alcohol)
Hence, ensuring that your secateurs are sharp, the steps you should follow when pruning bamboo include the following;
•Using alcohol or any solution containing 10% bleach, wipe your pruner blades. This is to ensure the health of each plant is maintained. Also, remember to wipe the blade after pruning, if you are working on a diseased plant.
•Starting with the oldest leaves, which are dead and colored brown hanging on the bamboo stem, make a clean clear cut. To keep the bamboo plant looking neat, the cut should be should be close to the leaf.
•Thirdly, you will then move to the overgrown and dead stems at the base of the bamboo plant. Cut off the dead stem using your pruner.
•Take a close look at your bamboo plant and identify any damaged stems and leaves. Also, look out for pests which can be scales or MEALYBUGS. In case of any damaged parts, pruned off such parts.
•If you are pruning the culms in the bamboo, ensure you make a cut above the culm node. This will prevent rotting and deterioration caused by any left stub.
•Prune off any canes ensuring you are cutting from a ground level. Similarly, to prevent any dangerous falling, after running of the canes, flush the stump. This is a very important step that should not be ignored if you want the best results.
The process of pruning bamboo is also done in specific seasons. Normally, it is done after the shoots have developed or the end of summer. This is because pruning bamboo at any other time may reduce its energy reserves. Also, the bamboo’s ability to develop new shoots is also compromised. Therefore, regularly check the growth of your bamboos and identify any outgrown stem or dead leaves. In the end, the population of the outgrown stems will be reduced enhancing the appearance, health and development of your bamboo.
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