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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

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,996

    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

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,996

    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 Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    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 WearsidePosts: 3,467

    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

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