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buttercup99
Waterloo, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 9, 2009
12:48 PM

Post #6525442

My zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus) hasn't shown any sign of life yet. I cut it back weeks ago, still looks like a bunch of straw.
I thought it might be because the ground hasn't
warmed up enough yet but it has sent out little shoots about 5" from the original plant. What should I look for?
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #6526407

Miscanthus tends to break dormancy quite late, so give it a little more time. Clumps also tend to expand out in a circle, as the center becomes congested and exhausted. I hope you have allowed it space to spread!
buttercup99
Waterloo, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2009
9:27 PM

Post #6561452

Thanks, June. I was just getting impatient, it's finally starting to show some small signs of life. I'll make sure it has lots of room to spread.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6566085

I'm glad your's lived. I had a healthy one that didn't make the winter a few years ago. In my ornamental grass book, it says zone 6. I'm trying again with Little Nicky this year.

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