Grasses

Grasses are an integral component of the perennial landscape. They provide long-season interest with summer foliage, fall flowers, and a dried winter appeal. They are very disease resistant and require little maintenance.

Our dormant grasses are potted in 3.5" pots, packed 24/tray. They are 1-year old plants, fully rooted, with large crowns ready to explode in spring.

Plant: Make sure pots are adequately moist prior to planting. Pots that are too dry when potting may struggle to absorb enough moisture to stimulate growth, especially in hot weather. Spread out any spiraled roots for quicker growth.

Grow: Use a well-drained soil that has good water-retention with a pH of 6 - 6.5. Most grasses grow best in moist soil but do not tolerate being too wet.

Temperatures: Grasses require warm temperatures, especially Miscanthus, in order to break dormancy. Grow in a greenhouse at a minimum 60F. Cool season grasses, such as Calamagrostis, Festuca, Helictotrichon, and Phalaris, can be grown cooler if so desired. If growing outside or in a cold frame, please delay your order until outside temperatures have warmed accordingly.

Light Levels: Grow in full sun, minimum 5000 foot candles. Too much shade will cause most grasses to stretch and become leggy.

Water: Keep evenly moist until growth appears. Once established, grasses can be allowed to dry out between watering.

Fertilizer: Grasses are moderate to heavy feeders. Once actively growing, feed with 100 - 200 ppm Nitrogen for best growth.

Early Flowering: Most grasses are long day plants and are marketed in spring without flowers. For quicker growth and earlier flowering, provide long days and grow at 68 - 72F.

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  • Panicum - Switch Grass

    Medium to tall clumping grass with rigid upright stems. Blooms late summer into fall.

  • Switch Grass

    Start your engines because this cultivar goes from blue to red faster and earlier than any other, the upright foliage starts out blue-green and then turns to deep maroon earlier in the season than most Switch Grasses, the maroon color intensifies as
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  • NEW FOR 2019
    Panicum virgatum Northwind

    Switch Grass

    Very sturdy and upright form with wide blue-green foliage, slender upright panicles bloom within the top of foliage creating a very vertical and formal look, very weather resistant, tan plumes in late summer and golden yellow fall foliage provide exc
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  • Switch Grass

    Green spring upright foliage turns red by July and intensifies as summer progresses, adding to its color are bright red plumes in late summer
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  • Pennisetum - Fountain Grass

    Wonderful mounding grass with gracefully arching foliage and stems. Attractive bottlebrush-like flowers bloom late summer. Very floriferous.

  • Fountain Grass

    A sport of Little Bunny, miniature fountain grass with red summer highlights, foliage turns blazing red by fall till frost, tan bottlebrush flowers, appear for many months.
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    12-16'
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  • Fountain Grass

    Compact mounds with rosy-pink bottlebrush flowers, blooms mid-summer, very floriferous, nice winter appeal.
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