Wintering over bargain grasses in Zone 5a

swontgirl_z5a(5a)October 13, 2012

Hi,

I just purchased some grasses this week at prices I couldn't resist. I don't think I should plant them in the ground now and am wondering about the best way to keep them over the winter. We have had frost- the best one last night but still not killing much.

The grasses are Pennisetum Hameln which I know likes warm weather to grow and Imperata Cylindrica Red Baron. I can sink them in the ground, keep them in the garage or basement whatever you think is best. Thanks!

Debbie

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donn_(7b-8a)

Keep them in the garage or basement. You're at the cold end of their hardiness ranges, and they will not survive in the ground, in pots. They'll need a good long growing season to establish a root system sufficient to handle your winters...much deeper than the pots will allow.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 6:59AM
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swontgirl_z5a(5a)

Thanks Donn,
Garage might freeze. Would the basement be better and if so should I water them a bit?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:25PM
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donn_(7b-8a)

In that case, the basement would be better, and a little water would be required, but not as much as during the growing season.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 7:41AM
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swontgirl_z5a(5a)

Thanks, I will move them in before it freezes up.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 5:11PM
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