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04/01/2013 at 10:35

My quite impressive Zebra Grass has looked great all summer and winter (although it's gone brown now) - do I need to prune it yet (or at all??)  Thanks

04/01/2013 at 12:04

We cut our grasses down to the ground in February, weather permitting. Evergreen ones only have the dead leaves and old flowering stems removed for 2 years and then they are cut right down. It seems to work for us.

04/01/2013 at 12:36

I cut my down to ground level as soon as we see new shoots showing.

04/01/2013 at 13:16

That's great, thanks for your help.

04/01/2013 at 15:20

I leave mine untill the bad cold weather has gone,leaving the tops on helps to protect the plant from some of the ravages of winter.It works for me tho I'm no expert ,good luck.

04/01/2013 at 15:32

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind

04/01/2013 at 17:57

The only thing you need to watch, if you leave it late, is damaging the new shoots when you cut back the old. More of a problem if like me, you use elctric hedge trimmers to do the job.

04/01/2013 at 18:06

That's right, Berghill - grasses are one of the few plants which grow from the base of the leaf, so if you cut the tops of the new shoots off, they carry that damage all season.

15/02/2015 at 10:34

That's great info - just what I wanted to know re cutting back my Zebra grass. It looks lovely in the winter swishing about, and with loads of flowers this past year, but now I look forward to cutting it back!

15/02/2015 at 11:58

Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

its spring here.  12 degrees at least and no wind so feeling even warmer.  

15/02/2015 at 12:58

Just a query for anyone that knows - is Miscanthus Zebrinus (I assume that's what the thread is about?) the same as Miscanthus Strictus?

Sorry if that's a silly question...

15/02/2015 at 13:23

Similar but not quite.  Miscanthus Strictus does not flop like Zebrinus but stands bolt upright.

15/02/2015 at 13:28

Oh nice one - thanks Marion

I've got the Strictus, which is great as I like upright grass. When I searched them on the net it combined the names which confused me...

Thanks again

15/02/2015 at 19:25
Verdun wrote (see)

Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

its spring here.  12 degrees at least and no wind so feeling even warmer.  

Lucky you there Verdun, its going to be -1c just over the border tonight.

15/02/2015 at 19:55

Think Marion is spot on there.  However, grow either plant in less moist areas and both are very tight.  I also grow Gold Bar which is both more compact and with brighter horizontal bars.   For me an altogether better plant. Gold Bar is delightful.

15/02/2015 at 20:53

Don't get me looking at more grasses Verdun!

I didn't even use to like them but now I have 6 and two small ones in my pokey little garden - none in the front though...hmm...

15/02/2015 at 21:57

Ok Victoria,

just look at Morning Light though.  Lovely with sun shining throught it.  And Panicum Shenandoah ......with it's red/orange foliage.  And helictotrichon with its buff flowers and blue foliage.  and..........ha ha 

16/02/2015 at 20:44

Morning Light is already one of the grass gang

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