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Overwintering pennesetum setaceum???

Posted by Lori_MA 5b,6a (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 7, 05 at 14:42

I'm new to OG's, but love how they look. I have two pennesetum setaceum rubrum in gallon containers. This OG is for Zone 9, not 5-6 where I live. I plan to bring them in the house when it starts to get below 40 degrees. Should I cut them back now and put them in a cool place or should I leave them tall in a window until next spring? Thanks for any suggestions.


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RE: Overwintering pennesetum setaceum???

  • Posted by Jroot 5A Ont. Canada (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 8, 05 at 18:15

To the best of my knowledge, no one has been able to overwinter this (Purple Fountain Grass) unless they were in a green house. Many of my friends, and I have tried to bring them indoors to keep in the light but they died. We also tried to keep it in a cool cellar and let it go dormant but it died. Your best bet, as I do and most of my friends do, is to treat it like an annual and replace it from the green house.

Sorry for the depressing news, but I use my valuable space with things I know will come back.


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RE: Overwintering pennesetum setaceum???

  • Posted by Pam_AA z5 Berwyn Il. (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 26, 05 at 16:04

Like I stated in another forum, I have over wintered purple fountain grass pretty successfully. I dig it up, cut it way back, and divide it. I pot up quart size pieces and put them in a cool basement under lights before mid Oct. Keep on the dry side. They grow fairly slowly (maybe a hair cut or two) until they are brought to warmer temps. I bet they would be ok in cool (30-40F) dormant situation too if they are cut back and kept mostly dry.


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RE: Overwintering pennesetum setaceum???

I am in zone 7b/8a in NC and have it in a pot. It is considered an annual here also but I am going to experiment with it this year and try and keep it over the winter in an unheated garage and protect it when temps go below freezing.


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RE: Overwintering pennesetum setaceum???

I just bought this gorgeous grass two days ago at the local HD. I thought it was perennial in my zone per the HD worker. I guess she was wrong per all the postings on this site. SOOOOOO....should I just leave them in their store-bought containers (quart-size) and try them in the garage for overwintering with a couple of light waterings to keep the roots from drying out? Has ANYONE had any success with this method from my zone?


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