Chinese dwarf bamboo is a compact plant, which makes an excellent small privacy screen. Growing to a height of 3 metres, it is naturally bushy right down to the ground; however, the lower leaves can be removed for a neater look.
Our bamboo needs regular pruning to keep it compact enough for our small garden. Sometimes the door to our shed is hidden from view (see above photograph). Deciding to resort to a brutal cut back, we shortened both clumps to a height of about 60cm. Within 2 weeks there were new shoots – some of them have grown 70cm above the cut height. Tiny new green shoots are also appearing on the cut stems, which will take the bare look from the base of the plant. With this amazing growth, it’s easy to see why tropical rainforests are so lush and dense.
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