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Micanthus Gold Bar

Sorry, no photo today, but does anyone have this plant growing in their garden and if so, do the majority of the grass strands turn brown?  Do I cut them off or leave them now but cut them off in the Spring.  I thought the plant would stay colourful throughout the winter, but it looks a little dismal right now.


  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 643


    Allways leave mine until spring it gives the crown some protection infact I don't cut much dead stalks leaves etc untidy but adds interest to me and the birds like it

  • Right, I will leave it alone now, but it is tiny - I only bought it in September, so it has a long way to go before the birds will be interested in it.  In fact the plant is still in a pot - a terracotta one, and the cat loves chewing it - oh dear!

    I plan to plant it out into it's final position next Spring, so will cut off any dead bits then. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • The Gold Bar is attractive Tetley, and I am looking forward to seeing it "take off" in the Spring, it is just a little thing at the mo. I don't know how easily it spreads, but I am planning to put it close to the new pond (still at the building stage).  I was hoping to divide it before planting, but it may be too small for division.

  • I am looking forward to the pleasure Tetley, so far it has been a hard slog and quite often I have thought that making a rockery would have been easier and a lot cheaper too, however the thought of pleasure at the end of this hard work has kept me positive - I can hardly wait for the finish - does a pond ever finish?

    Yes, Verdun kindly send me a very detailed and helpful list of grasses and their merits, which I have taken along to the GC a few times. Unfortunately I seem to have lost him - he no longer appears on my list of contacts.... pity as we kept comparing our weather - his seemed to be continual sunshine!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,154

    when they get going miscanthus are very fine in winter. Lovely browns and russets. Better than evergreens imo as you get the seasonal changes. If the fog ever clears I'll take a couple of photos.

    I agree with Tetley re not splitting it up yet. Mine never get split, I'd like to but they're so tough I can't do it

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,064

    I went off grasses because they're usually manky here by October because the rain and wind turns them to mush. I always cut them down at that point. I only have a couple of deciduous ones now though, and this year is the first time they've  looked like they're meant to look, because we had 'English' weather in autumn - dry with frosts. image

    I use a few carexes and  phormiums for winter interest as they look fairly decent all winter.

    Last edited: 16 December 2016 18:24:58

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • imageAt last a picture of the offending plant.  You can see just a few centimeters of green, turning to brown - is this normal.?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,154

    yes, I love that brown

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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