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Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

Posted by kentstar 5b NE Ohio (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 30, 09 at 19:47

When should I start seeing regrowth? I planted 4 of them last spring. I did leave untrimmed for the winter. It looked lovely last year, and hope it returns.

A really stupid? question...
How can I tell lawn grass growth from the Miscanthus? I hope the grass didn't overwhelm the ornamental grass.

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RE: Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Fri, May 1, 09 at 7:55

'Gracillimus' usually comes alive fairly early. I'm a couple of zones warmer, but my in-ground 'Gracillimus' are nearly a foot tall already, and those in containers are at least 6".

Zone 5 is at the bottom end of this grass's hardiness range. I used to garden in NE Ohio (Geauga County) and lost more than a few Miscanthus to nasty winters..even mature ones.

There should be no problem with turf grass overwhelming healthy Miscanthus. You should, however, give the OGs a bed of their own, so they have no competition from the lawn grass.

Did you cut the OGs back recently?

RE: Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

I cut them back just about a month ago. At the beginning of April.

RE: Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Fri, May 1, 09 at 8:47

That's the right time.

All you can do is cross your fingers and wait. If you had a typical NE Ohio (snow belt) winter, with lots of snow, they should be ok. I lost mine during years where the cold arrived before the snow.

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