Top Questions About Dwarf Mondo Grass

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Questions About Dwarf Mondo Grass

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 1, 2011

Q. Time Of Planting

I am considering planting dwarf mondo grass on a hill side near the house with only 6 hrs. of sunlight. I presently have periwinkle in the area but have problems with root and stem rot. Is mondo grass tolerant of root and stem rot, and when is the best time to transplant it?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 2, 2011
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Nothing is fully tolerant of root rot. This has more to do with the soil drainage and how much water the plant receives, as too much moisture normally leads to issues with root rot. Mondo grass can be planted in spring or fall and needs well-draining soil. If the area had issues with rotting previously, you may want to check its drainage prior to replanting anything else. Amenidng the soil with organic matter, like compost, can oftentimes help with drainage issues. Also, take note of drainage patterns and if there is significant pooling of water during rain or watering. If so, this needs to be addressed.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 6, 2011

Q. Dwarf Mondo Grass

When is the best time to divide my Dwarf Mondo grass?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 7, 2011
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The best time is in early spring or late fall. Right now as temps come down, but we still have a few weeks before the cold sets in, is a perfect time.

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Anonymous on
June 28, 2015

Q. Dwarf Mondo Grass

I have Dwarf Mondo Grass in between pavers in my backyard by the pool. It gets plenty of sun in the morning and afternoon until about 4:00pm. I live in Dallas, Texas. We have been averaging 95-100 degree days. Some of it appears to be dying out even though my sprinklers come on 3 days a week for 20 minutes. It gets plenty of water or maybe too much? We moved in to the house last September. It was already there but the previous owner had turned off utilities so it got no water during the hottest days of summer and most of it died. I replanted and it appeared to be doing fine but now it looks to be dying. Any suggestions? I don’t want to lose it.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 29, 2015
Certified Expert
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Mondo grass actually prefers more shade than sun, so this may be causing some of the problem. Overwatering can also cause the grass to die out, as established plantings require little watering.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 23, 2015

Q. separation of new dwarf mondo grass from main plant

Am transplanting dwarf mondo grasses and noticed some of the newer, smaller tufts nearby are still attached to the main plant’s rootball by a “runner” root underground. Obviously, I am concerned if I cut runner root (stem?) from main plant, new growth will die. Thanks so much!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 23, 2015
Certified Expert
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As long as the new plants have some root growth, they can be separated from the mother plant without any harm to either one.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 1, 2016

Q. Dwarf mondo grass

My dark green dwarf mondo has light green sprouts with balls on them. Are these new ones coming in? They are not small like the others. I have cut back and do not like the heavier light green with my deep low green ones. Are the balls the seeds? Will they come back as low dark green mondos?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 2, 2016
Certified Expert
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Yes, the balls that you describe are the seeds. You can harvest them to propagate for new plants.
You can soak the seeds for 24 hours and remove the pulp.
The seed can be planted in a nursery tray and kept moist and warm for 6 weeks.
After the sprout you can move to a bright location.

The light color on the plant is likely the effect of the energy going to producing the seeds.
If the seeds are removed the plant should return to it's darker color.

Here is a link with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/mondo-grass/dwarf-mondo-grass-propagation.htm

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