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07/11/2013 at 14:26

Just bought a miscanthus which doesn't look too well (going yellowy in places see attched picture).  Should I give it a light feed now and leave it in its pot over winter?

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 The market bus was so late getting to town that this was the only one left for sale and I felt sorry for it.

07/11/2013 at 14:30

I think that's OK Forester, they go brown for winter. I wouldn't feed til it starts growing again in spring

07/11/2013 at 14:40

Looks fine to me. Dont feed it and keep it dryish over winter. Most grasses do not like cold damp feet.[ there are exceptions such as Acorus and some Deschampsia plus others I cant think of at the moment ]

07/11/2013 at 16:13

Thanks Nut & Punk - should I leave it in it's pot or put it in its growing spot in the ground now?

I wish the spell checker worked as I kep leaving letters out of words. 

07/11/2013 at 16:15

If kept in the pot, then a cold greenhouse. If in the ground then raise it a bit so the soil drains. Those 1970's Pampas grass islands with raised earth and stones...works a treat for Miscanthus.

07/11/2013 at 16:32

It's getting dark and cold outside so I have temporarily dug a hole and sunk the pot into it till tomorrow.  No greenhouse I'm afraid Blairs.

07/11/2013 at 17:10

The time to plant grasses is in spring

07/11/2013 at 17:53

You have nothing to gain by plantImg it out now...wait till the spring. When you do plant it make sure you give it good soil that holds some moisture.  Miscanthus  struggle in dry conditions.

07/11/2013 at 18:19

Thanks folks.  Verdun - the soil will be OK moisture wise - but do I just leave it in its pot outside?  I do have a small plastic 'greenhouse' so should I keep it in there although it will be a squeeze as I have several tender things in there already.  Verdun - I sent you a PM but I don't think it got through.

07/11/2013 at 18:28

Forester, Yes got your pm and replied.  You can leave your plant outside......it's not tender.  However, I would dig a hole put plant in its pot in and mound soil around the pot to stop rootball freezing.  The top just dies down and will be fine.  Don't water it, cut it or do anything to it until it warms up,in spring.  It will grow vigorously and prob flower next September 

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