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Elegia capensis - is a root barrier required ?

Posted by mich_in_zonal_denial (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 5, 05 at 19:22

Does anyone know if I should take precautions and use a root barrier when planting my newly acquired Elegia capensis ?

And if so, how deep should I install the barrier ?

Michelle in Northern California

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RE: Elegia capensis - is a root barrier required ?

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 16, 05 at 19:21

This plant is not running in the style of bamboo, but you definitely need to allow enough space for its mature size, and if this is going into your backyard, I am sure you are trying to jam it on in where you don't have quite this much space. They can easily get 6 foot tall by across if allowed to grow unrestricted. I might suggest planting it out into a 30 gallon or so sized bottomless container in the ground might be a better solution, and dig it up and move it when it outgrows the spot!

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