When to prune zebra grass?

RozzyRozzy Posts: 18

My quite impressive Zebra Grass has looked great all summer and winter (although it's gone brown now) - do I need to prune it yet (or at all??)  Thanks


  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    We cut our grasses down to the ground in February, weather permitting. Evergreen ones only have the dead leaves and old flowering stems removed for 2 years and then they are cut right down. It seems to work for us.

  • I cut my down to ground level as soon as we see new shoots showing.

  • RozzyRozzy Posts: 18

    That's great, thanks for your help.

  • I leave mine untill the bad cold weather has gone,leaving the tops on helps to protect the plant from some of the ravages of winter.It works for me tho I'm no expert ,good luck.

  • RozzyRozzy Posts: 18

    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind image

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    The only thing you need to watch, if you leave it late, is damaging the new shoots when you cut back the old. More of a problem if like me, you use elctric hedge trimmers to do the job.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,356

    That's right, Berghill - grasses are one of the few plants which grow from the base of the leaf, so if you cut the tops of the new shoots off, they carry that damage all season.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • That's great info - just what I wanted to know re cutting back my Zebra grass. It looks lovely in the winter swishing about, and with loads of flowers this past year, but now I look forward to cutting it back!

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Just a query for anyone that knows - is Miscanthus Zebrinus (I assume that's what the thread is about?) the same as Miscanthus Strictus?

    Sorry if that's a silly question...image


  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Similar but not quite.  Miscanthus Strictus does not flop like Zebrinus but stands bolt upright.

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Oh nice one - thanks Marionimage

    I've got the Strictus, which is great as I like upright grass. When I searched them on the net it combined the names which confused me...image

    Thanks againimage

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,076
    Verdun wrote (see)

    Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

    its spring here.  12 degrees at least and no wind so feeling even warmer.  image

    Lucky you there Verdun, its going to be -1c just over the border tonight.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Don't get me looking at more grasses Verdun!image

    I didn't even use to like them but now I have 6 and two small ones in my pokey little garden - none in the front though...hmm...image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Morning Light is already one of the grass gangimage

  • Tippy-Tippy- Posts: 1

    I didn't get to prune my zebra grass back this spring due to construction project.  Wondering if I can prune it back now in late July?  I'm in South Carolina. 

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