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Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 516

Saw this amazing grass in Homebase of all places today and nearly bought a few, it impressed me so much.  Then I thought it would probably not be too hardy or I'd see it everywhere.  

On the knoll gardens website it seems that's the case, but I thought I'd ask here if anyone had experience of it surviving a British winter (ok maybe not Verdun as I'm sure everything survives in your garden! ????).

If not then any ideas how quickly it grows from seed (I've got to get some next year!!!).

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  • ERICS MUMERICS MUM Posts: 523

    I'm surprised they are on sale this late in the summer, you wouldn't get much Autumn and winter colour from them considering how much they probably cost.  I love them but like to buy in May or early July to get my money's worth !  I've never managed to keep them overwinter, even in my south facing, sheltered east Anglian garden.

  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 516

    I think I might be splashing out on one or two as they are amazing.  If going into pots what's the best soil for it so I can just try to overwinter as a whole?  John Innes 2?  Or maybe just mpc?

  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 516

    Cheers V.  I'll try to keep it/them alive but the gamble is worth the risk :-)

  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 516

    Couldn't resist ?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 9,735

    Very Nice. image

    Southern trees bear a strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
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