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Rozzy

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

Berghill

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.

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

Rozzy

That's great, thanks for your help.

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.

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Rozzy

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind

Berghill

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.

BobTheGardener

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.

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!

Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

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

Victoria Sponge

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...

happymarion

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

Victoria Sponge

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

Lyn
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.

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.

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Victoria Sponge

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...

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 

Victoria Sponge

Morning Light is already one of the grass gang

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