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Stipa gigantica

I planted Stipa in the middle of a  large border , which I have  realised was a mistake. I know it should be left until the spring  before  being  moved  but  will it be alright to move  it then and will it split at the same time. I am a little  wary as I understand grasses  can be difficult 

Advice would be  appreciated. 


Last edited: 03 September 2017 16:38:35


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,045

    I've only ever moved one stipa gigantea, in winter, and it promptly died. 

    I'm sure I did something wrong.imageimage

    Good luck.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,099

    Sadly Grasses definitely do not like being moved now. Spring is the optimum time. If you can get the plant out with all its roots intact in a big ball of soil, it might be ok, but it will not make new roots at this time of year.

  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 630

    Thanks for your responses.

    I was planning to move it in the spring  but I would also like to split it.Will it do that happily, has any one done it successfully? 


  • Hi Suesyn,

    I've got 4 of these .... all raised from seed .... they soon get nice and big.

    So it might be easier to try and grow another one or two rather than than spit the one you have and risk killing it.

    Some useful info here.



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