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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina) Question

Okay, here's another "to-cut-or-not-to-cut" question. This is the first new season w/a Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) I purchased mid-summer last year. I loved its bamboo-like leaves w/o the worries of it spreading like regular bamboo. I was also blown away by the new growth color of red and bronze leaves which continues on through fall and into winter. Makes the small white inflorescence it sports in late summer almost insignificant. It was evergreen throughout the winter and a few small red berries clung to the stems.

So, now it's starting to shed some old-growth leaves and I see some bare stems. Will these push new growth or does Heavenly Bamboo have to be cut back to encourage new growth on new stems?

Any "heavenly" suggestions out there? Smiler
 
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Before we moved to this colder climate zone we had some Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) if memory serves me right. We were living in zone 8 at the time. We just left it alone and let it do its own thing. After 4 or 5 years I thinned the clumps a bit because I thought it needed it but I don’t know if it did or not.

It got up to about 6 or 7 feet tall and spread very slowly. The new shoots were just and inch or two from the main clump. Certainly nothing that I couldn’t stay ahead of if I didn’t like where it was going. We actually had a small hedge made out of the Heavenly Bamboo clumps and I would have liked it to fill in a bit faster than it did but I never had to worry about it getting out of control.
 
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Major, how long would you say it took for it to reach that height? As you said (and from what I remember from the tag - that is now hidden in some squirrel's condo, I'm sure), it does grow slowly. I'm wondering how slow? I'd sure like to see it grow that tall and spread where I have it planted. Guess I'll have to be patient. Frowner Yeah, right.

So, based on what you said, I won't do any pruning except for definitely diagnosed dead branches and, otherwise, just let it be. Thank you, Major.
 
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There are different sizes, dwarfs and so on. So it all depends on what you bought. It's a wonderful plant; a neighbor has them all across the front of her house and I used to have some in a previous garden. Just let it alone except to take out dead growth. And it doesn't need constant moisture at all.
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/nandina.html
 
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Thank you, jennifer. The last sentence on that link page provides great, detailed pruning instructions. Just the ticket! Thank you. Smiler
 
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We actually had a single clump first before we decided to try making a hedge. As I recall it took that first one we ever had about 7 or 8 years to get to its full 7-foot height. So, I would say that they grow about a foot a year.

We loved that first one so much that is why we later put in the hedge with them.

I would love to have some again but it just gets too cold for them where we are living now.
 
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