Fast growing ornamental grass

lemurhJanuary 13, 2013

Hi everyone! I'm new and wanted to get your input and help. I haven't grown any ornamental grasses before (intentionally) but I was hoping to find one that I can use for a lawn border. I'd like to get one that is between 5-10' and it doesn't matter whether it is a perennial or annual. I am looking for the fastest grower I can find in its first season...

Any good suggestions? I saw ornamental sugar cane, miscanthus, and some others.

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donn_(7b-8a)

I can think of ornamental grasses which grow more slowly than most, but none that grow more quickly.

I think if your goal is 5-10' in the first year, you'll have to start with mature plants. 10-15 gallon Miscanthus, and other plants which are able to reach those heights at maturity. I grow grasses in my nursery beds with the express intent of growing them to maturity, before transplanting them to display beds.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 12:28PM
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dgregory_so.cntrl.IL_zone6a

I understand you want to grow grass for height, but are you aware of/concerned with the width of each plant?
Many grasses grow quite wide.

Deb

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 4:13PM
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lemurh

I have plenty of lateral space for them to grow!

I have been poking around Miscanthus. We have a great growing season here, very warm, and probably starts mid april till mid october.

Any idea on how tall field divisions of Miscanthus will grow the first year? Assume no over watering, soggy soil, or other limiting factors. Thank you for the knowledge!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 11:32PM
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donn_(7b-8a)

"Field division" is a term which does not give enough information to estimate the first season height of an ornamental grass. If it's the size of a 10-15 gallon plant, it will probably reach it's full potential size in 2 years. The act of dividing the plant will have an impact on first year growth rate, which would not be seen if you used a pot-established plant of the same size.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 7:03PM
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