What grads is this

mfran12345April 8, 2014

Can anyone tell me what ornamental grass this is? Do I need to cut it down in order for it grow back now that the weather is getting warmer? It came with the house and was like that when we got it in the winter time so I don't know what to do now that it's spring. Thanks

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donn_(7b-8a)

See reply in duplicate thread. It's Miscanthus sinensis, and looks like a fine-bladed cultivar, either a smaller one or not yet mature.

Cut it back to just above any new shoots. Rake out the crown lightly after cut-back to remove detritus.

Get some photos in bloom, later in the year, and we can probably narrow down the ID.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:22AM
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kidhorn(7a MD)

I agree with donn. The gold color looks awesome.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:50AM
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Rubby(6b)

If you don't cut it down, you will literally hear it "crackle" & "pop" as the new chutes grow into the old ones. It's pretty cool. I used to love hearing it during the spring.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 1:27PM
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mfran12345

I have been hearing the crackle and pops outside. I thought I was going crazy because couldn't find what it was from. It's my grass?! Thanks for all the advice. I plan to cut it this week to a few inches from the ground. How fast will it grow back and how tall? We like it for privacy. Thanks again

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:03AM
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donn_(7b-8a)

Be sure to check the height of the new shoots, and don't cut it back deeply enough to cut them.

It should grow 6-12" taller than it was last year, and will probably grow more blossoms.

Depending on weather and water availability, it will take 2-3 months to reach maximum foliage height, and then will add height with the blossoms, anywhere from mid-late summer.

This post was edited by donn_ on Tue, Apr 22, 14 at 16:30

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 4:26PM
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