Miscanthus Senensis Gracimilus

arjayvee(Z5 SW Michigan)October 18, 2005

Hi Again,

I purchased 20 MSG's from Greenwood Nursery - on sale. They came in 4" pots and were very well rooted - somewhat root bound. Since I cannot really plant them in the ground until next year, I have put them in much larger pots and will overwinter them in a somewhat protected space (garage).

My question is about the way I transplanted them to a bigger pot. Should I have "combed out" the roots before simply plunking them down in the new pots (with topsoil and peat moss)?



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I don't think it matters enough to pull them out and pot them again. Generally, it's good practice to tease up the roots of potbound plants when potting on or planting out, but your Miscanthus should be ok. I've been planting out OG's for the past few weeks, grown from seed in plant bands, and most of them are somewhat rootbound, but I'm just dropping them into the hole, pulling the band off and backfilling them. They don't seem to mind.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 4:57PM
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jspece(Josh - z4 IA)

Just wondering what the difference would be planting them in larger pots or planting them in the ground? Personally, I would have just planted them in the ground and mulched after freeze up. Wintering in pots can be tricky business...unless you've done it before and have a good method.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 8:01PM
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Garages tend to be very dry as well and lacking in light. I'd just plant them in a well drained (high in chipped gravel) medium. Here in Zone 8 our Gracillimus is JUST now starting to flower. Same goes for 'Morning Light.' Strictly a foliage plant in Michigan eh?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 8:12PM
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I would have planted them outside also, 4" pots, Z5 should have been OK. If they are in the garage now, tho, probably best to leave them there. Ours are blooming outside right now. We normally get bloom for about one month, and that's why I like Gracillimus so, it's so fresh looking in October, when everything else is done. Polly

    Bookmark   October 20, 2005 at 9:31PM
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Mozart2(Zone 5 Michigan)


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Hope this helps.


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    Bookmark   October 26, 2005 at 8:32PM
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luvahydrangea(Albany, NY 5)

Regarding your question about combing out the roots. I am a believer that its best to remove as much of if not all of the soil that a plant comes from the nursery in. I usually acheive that by taking a hose, and just rinsing off the roots. That way you don't damage the roots by cutting or tearing them when you comb them out.

I can't imagine that the ground is frozen already where you are, and Gracillimus is hardy in your zone, so why not plant them outside? Just curious.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2005 at 8:43AM
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