green eggs

Evening all, last year i paid £15 for a Purple Fountain Grass,followed the rules ,,cut down to 2 inches and cold greenhouse over winter,waited for it to start anytime but as nothing was showing i un potted it, Dead roots ,no smell just no life, no slugs nothing except about 30 tiny green squashable  eggs,about the  size of the small round polystyrene packing stuff you can get, not in a ball together but all spread separate through the soil, its a bit dull now but if needed i,ll pic some tomorrow .green eggs  Wot next and my poor grass in the council tip.image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,806

    The green eggs will be slow release fertiliser.

    Everything I read about your Purple Fountain Grass tells me that it's a tender perennial usually treated as an annual as it is difficult to over winter.  

    £15 is an awful lot to pay for that!  I'd take it back and ask for another (or your money back).  

    Did you get it in Norfolk?

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,357

    Slow release fertiliser mate - easy to confuse them for eggs though!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Hi ,yes i bought it from a Nursery near South Reps close to where we live, Iv never seen slow release fertiliser before,so yes im an idiot, eggs i squished loads of them , So the plant was  superb  in September and we were very happy and as i said i read up on it  and cut and stored it in the greenhouse, i,ll definitely get another  i was hoping to be able to divide it and save a few bob (No Pun intended ) Right many thanks for your Bob /Dove have a nice day tomorrow . nite,niteimage

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Dont feel silly, its something i think most of us have done. Sorry u lost yoir plant, why not have a look on they have lots of things like your purple grass, might be a cheaper alternative. image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,806

    Alan, I keep meaning to say - have you discovered this place yet?   Very good!!!  

    Just outside Norwich to the northwest.  They sell online too.


    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Just a thought Alan - perhaps leaving the foliage on during the winter would have helped it a bit. I'm never convinced about cutting grasses of any type down in winter because I think some of them benefit from the extra protection it gives. If you grow some from seed you could do a half and half experiment!

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Grasses are supposed to be cut back just as they are starting back into growth

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