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Questions About Zebra Grass

Asked by
docholwd on
June 14, 2013

Q. Can You Transplant Zebra Grass Now

They were planted in the fall by a friend and now I have 4 other plants all in the same area. I need to move them, but afraid I will kill them. The other plants are orange butterfly, white dragon flower, bee balm and a chandler blueberry.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 14, 2013
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The grass would have been best transplanted in mid-late March. It's better to do it now rather than the fall. Grasses tend to perform better with spring transplanting. Just don't forget to keep it watered until it's established. You also might want to cut most of the foliage back to about 12''. (so the stress of trying to keep a bunch of leaves won't bee to much for the plant to handle.)

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Asked by
maryperkypine on
June 24, 2014

Q. Zebra Grass does not diplay the stripes this year

6th year, no problems before. Trimmed in spring. Could it be lacking something or maybe cross pollinated with another Sea grass? What could have happened?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 27, 2014
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I'm thinking this might have something to do with the sever weather last winter. It's not unusual for variegated plants like zebra grass to revert to a non-variegated form in response to stress. If the variegation doesn't return naturally, you have a choice of leaving it solid, or replacing it with a variegated form. Here's some general information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maiden-grass/care-for-zebra-grass.htm

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Asked by
ajrehbogen on
May 4, 2015

Q. How do I propagate zebra grass from seed

I want to put it in more areas using the seeds from the plant I already have. What do the seeds look like?

Answered by
shelley on
May 4, 2015
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The fluffy seeds of zebra grass, which you will want to harvest, look like this:
http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/2003/10/29/Toxicodendron/d68633.jpg

For more information on the care of zebra grass, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maiden-grass/care-for-zebra-grass.htm

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Asked by
dblanchard1947 on
September 17, 2016

Q. zebra grass

Can you divide and transplant zebra grass this time of year?

Answered by
Alisma on
September 18, 2016
Certified Expert
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Early spring is the best time to divide and transplant zebra grass. If you are in a warm climate, you could probably also do so in the fall.

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Asked by
JMcWhorter on
July 8, 2017

Q. Zebra grass

My Zebra grass looked great in spring and early summer but is looking rather ugly. Should I cut it or trim it now or leave it until fall?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2017
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Asked by
theresacappello on
August 11, 2017

Q. Zebra grass

My zebra grass had no inflorescence last fall and this spring i have only a few pieces of grass that grew back. Do I need to feed these and when? What happened to the plant?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
August 11, 2017
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I wish I had a picture! Usually ornamental grasses aren't seriously bothered by pests with aphids and mites causing minor issues but you could have a burrowing animal at work. Voles, for instance, eat grass roots and woodchucks dig good-sized tunnels to their burrows. If it goes right under your grass, that's it. If the plant has been in place over 5 years, I would dig the entire clump up and examine the roots for problems. Divide out the dead portions and replant after amending the soil. Make sure not to bury the crown as this will kill it. While they like lots of water, they also need well-draining soil or their roots will rot. While the plant is out of the ground, consider checking drainage by doing a soil percolation test.

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Asked by
loumaro60 on
August 15, 2017

Q. Zebra grass

I have had a clump of zebra grass for years & it has not grown or hardly spread out !
I live in Ohio. It is on a sunny/part sunny area. What am I doing wrong??

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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Feed zebra grass lightly every spring, using a light application of a balanced, general-purpose garden fertilizer. A second application is necessary only if the zebra grass displays weak growth or if the foliage takes on a pale, yellowish color. Refer to the fertilizer container to determine specific rates of application.
Cut zebra grass down to within 5 inches before new growth emerges in spring. Removing old growth keeps the plant tidy and makes room for healthy new growth. Don't cut the plant down in autumn, because the foliage provides interest to the winter landscape.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maiden-grass/care-for-zebra-grass.htm

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