Propagating zebra grass

freddiethehat(z6 NJ)May 24, 2006

I just purchased a couple zebra grass plants and would like to divide them in half. Has anyone done this in the past that would like to offer any tips? I know division is the process, and I have done that with hostas plenty of times, so I know how to do it. Just wondering if zebra grass offers any different challenges. Any offers of hints or tips out there?

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gardenmaven(Z5 MI)

The best way to divide a grass from a pot is to take a sharp knife and cut it into a couple of pieces. I've done this quite successfully. If it's a very large pot, you can go for more pieces.

Now grasses dug up from the ground -- that's another story. These we divide with an ax!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornamental grasses - planting and care tips

    Bookmark   May 24, 2006 at 9:53PM
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Indeed, heavy equipment needed for large clumps! Just dug up a rather large patch today and divided it into 5 8" sets. started with a sharp spade, which wouldn't come close to splitting it, it was so dense. Ended up using a v tooth saw. No harm done, you really can't get too brutal with these. A tip though, is to wait until after the active growing season is done, cut them down to 6-12" and then divide for best results.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:14PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Chop it up at will, it will do just fine

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 1:30PM
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Seamer1(z7 IL)

I tried dividing mine a few days ago with a spade......i was not successful. May try my sawzall.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 4:21PM
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