Will freeze-damaged bamboo recover?

Will freeze-damaged bamboo recover?




A query for Dan Gill: We dwell in Mandeville, and it seems to be just like the bamboo planted across the perimeter of our yard was broken by the freezes. (The bamboo is about 15 toes tall.) Ought to we begin slicing them again now, or wait to see what occurs within the spring? — Invoice Paul

Reply: Bamboos obtained widespread chilly injury in our space, and most bamboos are displaying a point of browning. Nevertheless, I am inspired that the injury is generally to the foliage, and the canes (referred to as “culms”) are nonetheless alive.

It is too early to resolve if bamboos should be reduce. If the canes are nonetheless alive, the bamboo will drop the broken leaves and ship out contemporary new leaves to interchange them. The bamboo ought to look superb once more by midsummer.

Any stalks that drop their leaves and are nonetheless naked by midsummer are useless, and ought to be pruned off at floor stage.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. Electronic mail inquiries to dgill@agcenter.lsu.edu or add them to the remark part under. Observe his tales at www.nola.com/homegarden, on Fb and @nolahomegardenon Instagram.