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Can I grow miscanthus in a trough-type container?

Posted by jlc102482 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 4, 12 at 11:37

I have a narrow space that desperately needs privacy from a neighbor's window. I don't have a lot of room to work with, and I need something tall, perhaps 10-12 feet in height. I had an idea to plant a few miscanthus in a row in a trough or giant windowbox type of container about 2-3 feet wide and maybe 5 feet long. The container would be raised off the ground in order to increase the total height of the grass, so I don't have to wait til August for it to reach it maximum height.

Can miscanthus live in such a container? Would I be able to leave it in a container like that year round or would I have to transplant it into a larger container for the winter?

if it matters, I was looking at Miscanthus Gracillimus in particular.


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RE: Can I grow miscanthus in a trough-type container?

I don't think you could hope for much more than 4-5 feet of height from an ornamental grass in a container that size, and you probably couldn't keep it outdoors in the winter. Your zone 6 winter feels like zone 4 to a container plant.

You might consider a trellis, with a fast growing annual flowering vine.

RE: Can I grow miscanthus in a trough-type container?

Darn, I was worried it wouldn't work! An annual vine on a trellis is a good idea. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.

RE: Can I grow miscanthus in a trough-type container?

I'd look at bamboo - you'll get the height, it's evergreen and quite safe when planted in a container, even the running type. Most of the Phyllostachys (aka golden bamboo) are hardy to zone 4, the Fargesias (clumping bamboo) to at least zone 5. When grown in a container, bamboo only achieves about half its inground height so plan accordingly.

Here is a link that might be useful: Michigan bamboo

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