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Grass and Bamboo: Miscanthus Giganteus

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TsumaGaki
Wayland, MA

July 16, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8696802

Does anyone have experience growing miscanthus giganteus or any panicums in a boggy area? I need something tall (8 ft. +) to act as a screen. I think it is illegal to plant phragmites in MA even though they would be perfect... Zone 5 - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8697901

Yes! This plant is the best. My property slants in a way so that the place where the plant is is often soggy. Which it loves!

A foggy day.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8697905

Closer.

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8697910

As a matter if fact, as you can see mine would like more water, since it gets a bit dry at the bottom. With the plumes, it's 14 feet high. You'll love it!

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TsumaGaki
Wayland, MA

July 17, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8697994

Thank you, Donna. It looks just beautiful! I have a large area on my property that is wetlands and once the skunk cabbage dies off mid-summer, it looks just awful. How long did it take for your stand of miscanthus to grow to that size?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2011
1:47 PM

Post #8698019

Wow--that's an impressive grass!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8698529

It actually grows very quickly - much more quickly than most miscanthus. I recall that it shot out of the ground much faster than any others I own (about ten different varieties) and I bought it quite small. It was actually a little scary at the time. My guess, about four years. It also spreads sideways.

And thanks Ecrane!

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postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8718539

This was mine exactly 3 years ago today. I dug it up from a friend (NOT fun or easy!) and planted it here in my future grass garden.

Doug

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postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8718568

Here's one from June 3rd, 2010. They are making huge clumps. I may have to try and split them early next spring.

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postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 27, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8718582

As DonnaMack said they will easily reach 14 feet tall with plumes. I always get a lot of comments on it. It would make a great screen. A plus is in the fall it turns a beautiful gold and red color. Quite striking. Good luck.

Doug
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8719180

Oh, Doug, yours are glorious. I only have one. I love miscanthus - it makes a great screen. I have silberfeder, Blutenwunder, 2 strictus, 8 gracilimus, 5 morning light, 4 goliath (which is small compared to this baby!), 2 adagio, a huron surise and some old silberfeils. I thought it was fast, but three years! Wow!

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8719716

This is mine and they are just two years old in this picture.

I loved them it was hard leaving them when we had to move south.

Jan

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meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8719735

please don't look at the water hole but this is them coming out of winter.

beautiful color, then just as new blades were coming up I would cut them back. Birds love it during the hash winters to find shelter and feed in them. we use to live in northern ohio.

Jan

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 27, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8719782

I thought I remembered quick growth. The rates are definitely different across the different miscanthus. Strictus is beautiful but very slow to grow. Some of them flop. Not this baby!
coach1360
Montreal
Canada

August 21, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8769672

mine is 2 years old. We are experiencing a drought here so its strawed out at the bottom ans not too tall...I will give it a second chance for 2012...

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jvw
Clinton Township, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8770782

What a timely subject!

I have a stand that is on its third year (moved once). I was quite surprised how it EXPLODED this year. I'll post a picture later. I would estimate that it is about 9-10 feet tall right now.

But I have a question about moving. I will be moving in September. Of course I want to take my whole stand with me and divide it up. It is going to be quite cumbersome to move.

Does anyone have any idea if it will harm it if I cut it back to about three or four feet before I move it? I realize I will lose the beautiful fall plumes. I just want to make sure I don't kill it.

Thanks in advance!
Jennifer
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8771251

Jennifer,

I did something that was considered quite risky. I got fabulous sales in fall and planted then. But it worked. Grasses are weakest when they have bloomed, because they have used up a lot of energy. But there should be no problem when you move this grass.

Cutting the plumes is fine. Just have the pot or space you want to move it into ready, and water it in immediately and well. Do not fertilize it, and do not let it dry out, and it should be just fine.

This grass is one of the toughest miscanthus. This will work for you!

Donna

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jvw
Clinton Township, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8771781

Thank you Donna.

I too bought mine on discount in the fall. I asked the nursery if it would be okay to divide it. They quickly tried to discourage me. But I never listen. I promptly went home and hacked my two giant buckets into three pieces each. Not an easy task! But it all turned out fine! Two years later when I moved I brought three of the stands with me and this year they are all grown together and the tallest they've ever been.

Jennifer
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2011
3:57 AM

Post #8772379

Ha! They are worried about their guarantee and possibly reputation so they do not understand that not all gardeners are created equal. They didn't realize that a person who asks if the grass can be divided in the fall is probably pretty sophisticated.

Good for you!

Donna

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 23, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8772785

Or more likely they just wanted to sell you more instead of you dividing it!

Doug
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2011
10:18 AM

Post #8772927

Doug, I think you nailed it!

Donna
jvw
Clinton Township, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 24, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8774335

That thought crossed my mind!

Jennifer

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