Is Miscanthus Morning Light dead?

shelli563(zone 6 MA)May 7, 2013

This grass was planted last August in a new perennial garden in a new house . I moved to a slightly colder growing zone, but most of my familiar perennials are starting to emerge but for Morning Light which was a new and unfamiliar plant to me. Is it too early to count it as dead? Btw, I have some Ribbon grass which has already emerged, if that helps.

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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I don't grow Morning Light, but I do have a few other Miscanthus and not one has appeared yet. Granted we had snow last week, but these do emerge late in my experience.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:08AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

It takes them a surprisingly long time to get going in the spring. Mine haven't shown themselves above last year's growth yet. I can poke around and find green, but it is a bit of a treasure hunt.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:44AM
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None of my miscahnthus cultivars are showing growth yet. Give it another week.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 3:02PM
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Campanula UK Z8

Nah - I gave mine a vicious shear last week - since there was no sign of new growth, I could use a scythe instead of careful secateurs.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 4:58PM
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Nope - no sign of my ornamental grasses so far this year but they're tough as nails so I wouldn't give up on them yet. I whacked back last year's dead foliage but there's no sign of new growth that I can see. What I do see is that most everything is considerably later this year than it was last year. I keep a yearly garden journal and note when things emerge so I know approximately when to expect them each spring.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 6:39PM
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terrene(5b MA)

I am just starting to see growth on Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'. Miscanthus is a warm season grass so it won't really get going until it really warms up.

I'm not sure about the hardiness of 'Morning Light'. Years ago I bought a couple large pots of Miscanthus 'Adagio' and they grew large and beautiful, but were dead as a doornail the next Spring. Did not make it thru the first winter in the garden where I planted them, which was pretty exposed.

Miscanthus Gracillimus and Variegata have been fully hardy in the same garden, however.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:00PM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

I think 'Morning Light' is a sport of 'Gracillimus', so they should have similar hardiness. Mine is currently 2 feet tall. :) But FWIW, my ribbon grass always emerges before the miscanthus.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:17PM
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Mine, in zone 5, not particularly well protected, is just starting to show signs of green.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 8:03PM
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shelli563(zone 6 MA)

Thanks all for the replies. Now I'm feeling better that it's just late to emerge!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 10:06AM
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in late july '12 i planted five 'Morning Lights' that were given to me as a gift and i have three more in pots that have yet to find a home. i placed those remaining three in the garage over the winter. only one that i planted is showing any growth. all others still dormant... i hope. i do have three 'Huron Stars' that are thriving, though.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 1:24AM
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