Fountain Grass

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  1. Transplanting Fountain Grass
  2. Fountain Grass and Firecrackers
  3. Fountain Grass
  4. Ornamental Fountain Grass Didn’t Put Up Plumes in the Fall
  5. Fountain Grass – Cut Back?
  6. Fountain Grass Care
  7. Should Our Fountain Grass Be Showing Signs of Life After the Winter?
Asked by Anonymous on November 7, 2010
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://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
Ornamental Fountain Grass Didn’t Put Up Plumes in the Fall

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

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on April 21, 2011
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/fountain-grass/fountain-grass-pruning.htm

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Asked by Clarke63 on April 23, 2011
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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