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Hakone Grass Questions?

Posted by cindylouhoo 6MidTN (My Page) on
Tue, May 5, 09 at 13:31

Hello! I browse a few of the GW forums and decided to drop in on this one today. Everyone has always been so helpful, so I'm looking for some good advice. I live in Middle Tennessee and would like to plant some hakone grass with my hostas. I'm curious to know which varieties you recommend and if you have any recs for an on-line source. I can't seem to find any locally. Thank you!

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RE: Hakone Grass Questions?

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Tue, May 5, 09 at 15:40

I love this grass, and it should go very will with Hosta. I only have 2 varieties so far, 'Aureola' and 'Albo-striata,' but I can honestly say I've never seen a variety of Hakone I didn't like. It all depends on which color scheme you fancy.

Goggle Images is a good way to look at them all: macra&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

Lots of online vendors carry 'Aureola' but fewer carry other varieties. Digging Dog and ForestFarm both have better selections.

RE: Hakone Grass Questions?

  • Posted by maka z4 MN (My Page) on
    Wed, May 6, 09 at 22:02

Hi. I have 2 Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' plants, one of which is 7-8 years old,and the other one around 4 y.o. They
are in different parts of the garden but do not receive
much sun. They have never been mulched but received compost
and a mix of kelp, bone meal and leaf mold sprinkled on
top when planted. Initially, they were watered daily but after that only as needed during hot spells.
One thing the grower told me was not to use spray near
the grasses or other plants. People experience a lot
of casualties from too concentrated applications of ferti-
lizer as well. I know a lot of people have had problems
keeping these grasses alive, and there may be other
reasons why they don't survive. Overall, the golden culti-
vars seem to be more fragile than the green varieties.

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