Divide now or wait until Spring?

gingerroottx(7)October 28, 2005

I have a decent sized clump of Maiden grass I'd like to get a start from and replant nearby. It's beginning to get chilly here in NC but no freezing temps yet. Would it be wiser to wait until Spring or do you think I can pull it off now without any complications?

thanks for your advice

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gardengal48

I'd wait until spring. Warm season grasses like Miscanthus enter a period of root dormancy in late summer or fall which makes dividing them late season somewhat problematical. Since the roots are not in active growth like they are with many other plants at this time of year, it is iffy whether the division will take over the winter. For best results, I'd wait until late winter or early spring when new growth begins and you typically do your cutting back for the season.

Ditto with your proposal to snag a clump of J. blood grass from the restaurant planting in another thread :-)

    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 9:35AM
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BruMeta(z5aNY)

Do what the Miscanthus is doing: chill. Wait until Spring when success should be guaranteed.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2005 at 6:46PM
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Katt(5b)

Definitely give it a Spring dividing,they all seem to take their time rooting and settling in,likely won't achieve full height the first Summer,but....wouldn't you rather move when the weather is only going to get better?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2005 at 9:59PM
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