Return to the Ornamental Grasses Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Maiden Grass Growth

Posted by lamcon wi 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 27, 07 at 20:25

Hi there. I planted 16 maiden grass cuttings (I guess that's what they were) today. I'm wondering from those of you who have had experience with that ornamental, what I can expect from it as far as growth the first year and the time it will take to start to show signs of life. Also any tips as this is our first perennial ornamental grass and we'd like to make it thrive. Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 28, 07 at 6:12

I'm not sure what you mean by "cuttings." If you planted plugs or divisions of Miscanthus, they should do fine. A few cultivars are only hardy to zone 5, but most are good to 4.

Growth rate varies from one cultivar to the next. Some are very slow, and may only reach a foot tall in their first year. Others are much faster, and will exceed 2 feet. All of them take up to 3-4 years to reach mature height.

Cultivation is fairly simple. Full sun, moist well-draining soil, and no fertilizer or rich soil. Cut them back to a few inches from the crown, this time every year.


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

"Divisions" are probably what we're talking about. It looks like we'll be patient with these. Is there reason I shouldn't give it a high nitrogen fertilizer to promote top growth? Is this more to let the roots do their thing? Thanks!


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 28, 07 at 8:40

If you give it any ferts, especially high N, it's foliage will flop over and look awful. These grasses like lean soil.


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

I would be very interested to hear how your grass divisions do....
To me it seems a little early to be planting warm season grasses in zone 5. But, who knows ... we are constantly re-writing the book.
Please check in and tell us if & when you start seeing new growth!
A.


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

Achnatherum: Back in february when the soil was just barely thawing out I dug up my miscanthus 'gracillimus', broke it apart and put a piece back into the ground. It has about an inch of new growth on it now. In my experience, it doesn't hurt to move them when it's still cold and they are still dormant.


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

Thanks for the feed back. I'll just be patient and see what it does. Any idea on how long before I can expect to see some grass peeking out?


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 29, 07 at 15:06

lamcon, I wouldn't expect to see any growth for at least another month. I have no growth from well established Miscanthus, and I'm two zones warmer.


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

A landscaper just planted some Maiden Grass in a rather moist area of my garden. Within a week, it seems to be turning a bit brown on the ends of the grass. It is late in the season, I realize, but could it be too moist? And if so, what's the best way to help it be healthy in that area? Thanks for any help!


 o
RE: Maiden Grass Growth

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 30, 07 at 18:29

Where are you, Janet? My first guess, from your surname, would be western Michigan.

If you're in zone 5 or colder, your grass may be going into dormancy. It's a bit late to be planting a warm season grass like Miscanthus in colder zones.

The most common sign of too much moisture for Miscanthus is excessive floppiness, and not browning foliage. It may be something simple, like transplant shock, or it may be starting into dormancy. Either way, there isn't much you can do for it now.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Ornamental Grasses Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here