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Great South Bay, Lon, NY(Zone 7a)

I received 29 ornamental grass plugs today, from the ill-fated Perennial Markets grass coop.

All but 7 of them are ratty looking foliage-wise, but so far seem to have good (if potbound) root systems, so I'm going to pot them up and see if I can nurse them back to health.

They are:

7 Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' 50pk.
2 Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche' 32pk.
2 Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' 32pk.
7 Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron' 50pk.
7 Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus' 36
4 Muhlenbergia capillaris 50pk.

'Avalanche' and 'Malepartus' are in the worst condition, with up to 75% of the foliage completely shot. The Acorus is in the best shape.

I'm cutting off dead foliage, and teasing out the root systems well. I'll keep them in my bright, indirect sun carport for a week of so, before hardening them off and moving them outside. The pots will be buried in nursery beds for winter.

Any tips and tricks for bringing these poor critters back to life will be greatly appreciated.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Donn,

My tip for bringing anything back to life is a weakened solution of Miracle Gro.

The Avalanche seems very tough to me, I doubt you will have any problem with it.

The Malepartus is not a strong growing plant to begin with, so maybe baby that one some. Don't be surprised if it goes into dormancy quick. Especially this time of year.

So sorry you had a bad experience with the co-op. Can you imagine someone that does not have your expertise getting those grasses? At least yours have a good fighting chance.

Holland, OH(Zone 5b)

I had a near death experience with grasses from Wayside Gardens. Sheesh I don't know why I ever order form those guys. Anyway, I did about the same as donn except I used ortho UpStart 1/2 strength weekly for the first three weeks. I also don't water with chlorinated water. I use a hose end Systems IV filter which takes out the chlorine. I think it stresses the plants less. If you are interested in a chlorine filter
charleysgreenhouse.com
has a selection as well as
pondbiz.com
under chlorine control.

This message was edited Sep 10, 2006 5:30 PM

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