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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  • Schizachyrium - Little Bluestem

    A short native clumping grass noted for its blue summer foliage and bright fall color. Excellent for massing or naturalizing as a ground cover.

  • Little Bluestem

    A taller and hardier selection from the U of MN, stronger stems form sturdier more upright clumps than other species, dark blue summer foliage turns burgundy by late summer and then fades to red by fall, long thin wispy seed heads add a graceful appe
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    3-9
    48-'
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  • Little Bluestem

    Wonderful silver-blue foliage with exceptional burgundy-red fall color, narrow upright seed heads bloom all summer, tolerates heat and humidity.
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  • Sesleria - Moor Grass

    A small cool season grass that's clumping in habit. Silvery-white plumes sway above narrow green foliage in summer.

  • Autumn Moor Grass

    Slender, white fuzzy flowers appear in early summer above clumps of narrow green blades, flowers then turn tan in fall and the foliage turns golden, tolerates many soil types from sand to clay.
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    4-9
    12-18'
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  • Sporobolus - Prairie Dropseed

    A native grass with very fine leaves with a dense clumping habit. Plants are drought tolerant and grow in a wide range of soils.

  • Prairie Dropseed

    Narrow emerald green leaves gracefully arch from the clump, tall inflorescences of silver flowers boom late summer, wonderful deep orange fall color,
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