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

 o
Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

Posted by juicylucy z5 IN (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 2, 05 at 17:07

Hi all,

I'm planning to do a mass planting of Little Blue Stem and looking for recommendations on spacing. Would 2' be adequate or should I allow some additional space?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

Two feet would put the plants neck and neck to each other, resulting in over-growth of the crowns. gThis would be good for a neglected prarie, but for a clean mass planting, 3 feet apart from crown to crown would be appropriate. I have a mass planting of "The Blues" and "Blaze", and 3 feet gives this planting a clean, architectural look versus the wild prarie look...


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

Thank you AgastacheMan, I really appreciate your recommendation, esp. since I've not grown Little BS and I'm not at all familiar w/its growth habit. I'm definitely trying to achieve a clean mass planting, not a wild, "neglected prairie" look so 3' it shall be :)

Thanks again!


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

welcome....Let me know if you have any other questions. Schizachryium is one of my favorite genus' for ornamental and native prarie grasses. The coloring in the fall with "The Blues" and "Blaze" cultivars is quite different with the structure and blending of the colors.


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

I've not seen Blaze offered around here but will keep an eye out. Very much looking forward to growing 'The Blues' though. I'm crazy about OG's and can't seem to get enough (love agastache also :)! Thanks again!


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

In my zone 6 area I was told "The Blues" would flop. So I chose the regular Little Bluestem. Would have Loved to used The Blues because of it's incredible colors! This plant has tolerated salt from snow removal, drought, and soil compaction so I cannot complain! Still I have the "blues" about not being able to plant "The Blues." Anyone know why this plant would flop? Clay soil and poor drainage? Would some sort of soil amending prevent this problem?


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

Sage Lover: I grow 'The blues' in dry sandy soil and it has not flopped at all. Even after snowfall, it would stand up again. I think the trick is the dry sand. Moisture and rich soil will encourage floppiness.


 o
RE: Spacing of Schizachyrium 'The Blues'

Thanks dereks, makes sense. Guess I will stick with the standard little bluestem, which is doing quite a nice job for me here. ( After I un-bury it from the mulch our contractor blasts it with! Planted it where I work.)


 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