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Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

Posted by gardenlady48 z5 IL (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 20, 07 at 11:21

I've been tempted to push the limit on growing zone for this Pink Muhly Grass. I grow others that info stated zone 6 and they do just fine! Just wondering if there is anyone out there that grows this grass successfully in zone 5. I would love to hear about it. Thanks!!!
Pam


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

Well, I'm in zone 6 and had success in growing the plant itself but it never would bloom. Fall comes just a bit too early for it. Our average frost date is Oct 15.


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Jan 20, 07 at 14:33

You might consider Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass) instead. The foliage isn't as nice (broader and greener) but the bloom is almost as good, and it's hardy to at least zone 5. It's also a snap to grow from seed.


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

I grow it in a container and overwinter it in my 'cool' garage. It lives but sends up only a few whimpy blooms and as a plant it is just struggling along.

Better coveted in zone 5 than grown in zone 5.

A.


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

Thanks for the info. I really wanted to try some this year
It really looks teriffic in the catalog. Northeast Ohio
may be a little too cool.


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

Ruby grass might be a substitue as it is is wonderful and overwinters here but is considered an annual in more northern climates. Can be grown from seed too. I save seed and share with others since mine reseeds itself and I don't have to re-sow. It holds its shape all winter too for good winter interest.

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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 29, 07 at 6:04

I love your Ruby Grass. I got some seed from the 'Savannah' cultivar, and I'm looking forward to growing it this year.


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RE: Zone 5 Growers of Pink Muhly Grass....

Nanahanna:
Where did you get your seeds? I'm too far north to grow as perennial but as an annual if it blooms and you grow from seed it sure makes sense.
Mike


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