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Pampas Grass/ dead or what?

Posted by jrroma zn 7 Maryland (My Page) on
Sun, May 6, 07 at 22:52

Hello ... first post on the grass forum, usually in the palm forum.

I have 4 types of pampas grass in my yard and ALL are struggling to come back.

Cortaderia selloana - nothing yet, can pull some spurs, damp w/small worms in the pulled spurs
Cortaderia Icalma - slowly coming back
" Andes Silver - nothing yet
" Pumila - split two large ones, only two of the splits actually coming back, others have the worm thing.

Should I wait or just replace them?

Thanks for any advice.


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RE: Pampas Grass/ dead or what?

With the wierd winter, it's possible you lost Cortaderia that can normally handle your zone. I'd expect signs of growth by now.


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RE: Pampas Grass/ dead or what?

I have a similar question about my Morning Light and Cabaret Miscanthus - I cannot see growth on either plant. I am new to grasses and have started collecting... in my haste to move them to a permanent bed location I transplanted both about 3 weeks ago (clumps about 9 inches in diameter)...a tad early I am reading. Advice and or prognostication welcomed


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RE: Pampas Grass/ dead or what?

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 07 at 18:53

Yes..a tad early. Were they showing growth when you moved them? Miscanthus is best transplanted/divided when it is in a growth period. You can do them up to 18" in new height, and they'll get through it.

That said, just wait them out. A 9" diameter clump is a good-sized plant, and they are extremely tough critters. You'll be amazed what a couple of hot dry weeks will do for them.


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