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Asked by
robinholly on
May 13, 2014
Zone 7

Q. Problems with Maidenhair grass

I bought a one gallon “Adagio” maidenhair ornamental grass last April and planted it immediately in a good sunny spot with good drainage. The problem is that it has not changed its overall size at all since planting day. I thought it needed a season to get going but am wondering if it’s dead and how I would know.

Its leaves were straw colored all winter, with maximum leaf length about 2 inches. Like everyone, our winter was super cold. Did that affect it? I trimmed the straw colored leaves back last week thinking it was sending energy to them instead of putting out new growth but nothing has changed. There is a single green strand of grass coming out the middle but nowhere else. How can I tell if this plant is alive or should it be replaced?

Thank you for your help!

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 14, 2014

The grass blades that are brown are dead - the plant is not sending any energy into them. If there is some green coming up, that's the live part, so the plant might make it, if you can be patient. I'm curious, however, about your description of the leaves as being 2"; miscanthus 'adagio' has a length of 3 - 4'. Are you sure you have what you think you have? You might want to discuss the situation with the store you purchase it from.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 9, 2018


The wind has blown over my miscanthus,each stem has been bent in half and can\’t stand upright anymore. If I prune all the growth will it sprout new stems?thank you

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 10, 2018

During the growing season, the outer arching stems can seriously flop, opening the center of the plant. This is especially true for maiden grass planted in partial shade. Trimming off blades growing higher on the stem can help stop the plant from arching over onto nearby plants, while maintaining a natural look. In climates where the plant isn't hit by frost, control its size by cutting miscanthus back by half or more in midsummer to control its size and freshen its look, if necessary.

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