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Fountain grass

Posted by bakemom z6 Central Ohio (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 9, 11 at 10:47

Mine are loaded with seeds right now that are nice and plump. Any experience with this plant WS? Do you sow in clumps?

How does your fountain grass grow?


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I wait until late in the fall and harvest the ripe seeds. They're slow growing but they will grow via WS. The ones I WS last year grew to about 7" tall this year. I have them in gallon pots that I overwinter in my garage. I harvested seeds from the dwarf form, Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' in the fall of 2009 & WS them last year. According to my 2010 WS Sprout Chart, I sowed them 2/27, first sprout 4/6, estimated germination rate 65%. The divisions I took from my main plant and set at either end of my granite garden bench are still on the small side but they're covered with plumes.


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for some reason I'd never thought to collect fountain grass seed. But now I'm thinking I will. Good to know I will have to be patient with their germination, though.


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Bakemom- I haven't been on here in awhile and was glad to see you still on WSing forum.You might not remember me but I figured I'd say hi.I dedicated this last season to peppers and giant pumpkins but I really like the WSing stuff so I'm back.
Gene


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I believe Fountain Grass is an annual in my zone. Gardenweed, I am also at the zone 5/6 border. Do you overwinter in the garage year after year or finally plant outdoors and let the annual die out and start over?


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bookjunky - The purple fountain grass is an annual or at least it isn't hardy below Z7 if I'm not mistaken. The perennial dwarf fountain grass I grow Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' is hardy to Z4. It retains its shape right through the winter and the birds feed on the seeds. I cut it down to 6-8" in spring but other than that, it's completely care-free. It even survived the 8 ft. of snow we got last winter.

It stays a nice mounded shape at 28" inches tall by that much wide. I've had mine for 6 years and last year some friends came to help me divide it. It has a massive root system that took three of us to cut through. We divided it into about 8 clumps and I replanted one division where the original was growing. It snapped back in no time. The divisions planted at either end of my garden bench are from the original plant.


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That's good to know. I love ornamental grass and am always looking for a new perennial variety to WS.


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