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Questions About Feather Reed Grass

Asked by
karen.fleming08 on
May 19, 2015
Nebraska

Q. my feather reed grass is turning yellow

I pruned it in March. It came back up great. It is now turning yellow and dying. I fertilized it with Miracle grow liquid. Not a strong mixture. Should I cut it back again or try more fertilizer?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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Did the grass receive heavy watering or rainfall in the recent weeks?
Does the grass pull out from the crown easily?
It's possible your plants are suffering from crown rot.
You mention a light fertilizer, which should have been applied in the spring. I would not fertilize again.
Allow the plant to dry out and see if it can recover.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/crown-rot-disease.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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Asked by
lscott2762 on
June 4, 2015
Zone 5, Illinois

Q. planting Karl Foerster grass in the ground

Can I plant Karl Foerster grass in the ground, leaving the pot intact except for the bottom? I want to keep the grass contained in nice clumps that will stand upright. Is there a way to keep them from spreading haphazardly?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 7, 2015
Certified Expert
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Karl Foerster feather reed grass has an upright growing pattern, and this cultivator is not invasive.
It will not spread with additional seedlings.
I would not plant using an open bottom pot for these reasons.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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Asked by
myreddell on
August 27, 2015
7

Q. planting feather reed grass

I live in zone 7. Can I plant Feather Reed grasses this fall before any frost? I need to know if I can plant the grasses now, early September, or would it be best to wait until spring?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 29, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

It would be best to start new ornamental grass plants in the spring. Most can be slow to become established and grow.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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Asked by
sakellson on
October 11, 2015
fargo, nd zone 4 I believe

Q. cutting back reed grass

I live in Fargo, ND. Wondering if I should cut back reed grass before winter. We are in Zone 3 or 4.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 13, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

There is debate on when to prune your grasses.

I personally leave them for winter and trim them back in the early spring.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 15, 2018

Q. Feather Reed Grass

I planted a Feather Reed Grass four seasons ago and it has done wonderful with full heads. I normally cut it back to three inches in the late Fall, but this year I let it stand and cut it back in March. The grass is full and healthy looking BUT I have very sparse seed plumes…one on one plant, four on another and none on one. This is first time I have experienced this problem.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 16, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Lack of seed heads can be from not enough sun, excess nitrogen or that your grass needs to be divided.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 18, 2018

Q. Feather Reed Grass

My Feather Reed Grass (five plants) failed to develop seed plumes this year (two on one, one on another, none on one,etc.). What possibly caused this problem?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 19, 2018
Certified Expert
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The most likely reason for lack of plumes is not enough sunlight.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/feather-reed-grass/growing-feather-reed-grass.htm

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