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Latest date to plant pampas grass

Posted by tglovell z6KY (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 25, 07 at 22:13

Is it too late to plant pampas grass,zebra grass, or actually any of the OG's? This is my first year to try the OG's and don't want to spend a lot if the time is wrong for planting.

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RE: Latest date to plant pampas grass

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 26, 07 at 6:36

It's not too late to plant cool season OG, like Blue Fescue, Deschampsia, etc.. They continue to grow and develop root systems right up until your coldest weather arrives, so they have plenty of time to establish themselves.

Warm season grasses like Zebra, however, will be entering a dormant period soon in your zone. The only way I'd suggest planting them now is if they have a very well developed root system, and can be installed without damaging the roots.

In your zone (and mine) be very careful with Pampas Grass. There are a few, but only a few cultivars which are hardy below zone 8. If you buy one of those cultivars, plant it in the spring, so it has as long as possible to get settled in before winter. The hardier varieties are Cortaderia selloana 'Andes Silver,' 'Patagonia' and 'Pumila.'

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