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Questions About Fountain Grass

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 7, 2010

Q. Transplanting Fountain Grass

I live in south central Kansas. I have two large clumps of fountain grass that I would like to split up and move elsewhere. Is this the best time to do that, or should I wait until spring?

Answered by
Heather on
November 7, 2010
Certified Expert
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The best time to transplant fountain grass is in the spring. The roots of fountain grass pretty much stop growing in late summer and they would not be able to grow enough new roots in the fall to establish themselves before winter came.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 17, 2010

Q. Fountain Grass and Firecrackers

What is the proper way to trim fountain grass and firecracker plants? How many times a year should they be trimmed? My landscaper now is cutting the fountain grass short, straight across with a flat-top look. Is the the proper way? The firecrackers are being trimmed in order not grow tall but to drape over a wall. It is my understanding that he is doing this in order that they not grow tall and cut off the sprinkler heads.

Answered by
Heather on
November 19, 2010
Certified Expert
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Yes, many people do trim back their fountain grass and other foliage type plants this time of year. It is not required, but it help to maintain a healthy look for the plants. This foliage will die back in the winter anyway. Yes, when pruned it looks just like someone gave the plants a flattop buzz cut.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 14, 2011

Q. Fountain Grass

We have fountain grass in the front of our house and it has ‘flowered’. I was just wondering if you need to trim off the ‘flowers’ when or if they die off? I was also wondering about transplanting. We need to relocate one of them, so how do I go about doing so?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can go ahead and cut off the blooms but save any drastic pruning that it may need for late winter/early spring. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/fountain-grass/fountain-grass-pruning.htm

Transplanting can be performed in early spring prior to new growth or after the growing season in late summer or fall.

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Asked by
grannyde6 on
April 3, 2011

Q. Ornamental Fountain Grass Didn’t Put Up Plumes in the Fall

Why didn’t my ornamental fountain grass put up plumes in the fall?

Answered by
Heather on
April 5, 2011
Certified Expert
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I am not certain as I have not heard of this happening before, but I would recommend having the soil tested. I believe that the plants may be low on phosphorous or too high in nitrogen. This can cause a lack of flowering on other plants, which is essentially what happened here.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 20, 2011

Q. Fountain Grass – Cut Back?

Should I ‘cut back’ fountain grass in the spring? I cut it back last year and it took a while for it to regrow. This year my husband said not to cut it back – and it doesn’t look like it is doing anything.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 21, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
April 21, 2011

Q. Fountain Grass Care

If you burn down the fountain grass to within a couple inches of the ground, will it grow back? Is pruning or burning better?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, it will grow back after burning and either method is acceptable. However, appropriate measures should be taken if choosing to burn and shouldn't be done when close to homes or other buildings. This article will help with pruning: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/fountain-grass/fountain-grass-pruning.htm

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Asked by
Clarke63 on
April 23, 2011

Q. Should Our Fountain Grass Be Showing Signs of Life After the Winter?

We live in New Jersey and planted fountain grass in the fall. So far there is no sign of life. Can we assume that it was killed off due to the long harsh winter we just had?

Answered by
Heather on
April 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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It likely was. There are several grasses sold as fountain grass. True fountain grass is not hardy in your area and would have died over the winter. When planting it in the future, make sure the variety of grass you buy is cold hardy in your area.

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