Zebra grass

juliexjuliex Posts: 3

firstly  have to say that gardening is my new hobby and I'm learning as I go.  I purchased 6 zebra grasses from waitrose about 6 to 8 weeks ago.   I was very disappointed when they arrived with only two green stems on each plant and about 6 inches tall.  Since then and having been planted in the ground they've hardly grown at all.  When I visit the garden centres their grasses are beautiful.  When will my grass take off?  Will it be this year?  

 I won't use Waitrose again, feel ripped off. image

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  • B3B3 Posts: 10,234

    Sometimes things are going on underground with new plants. They may be putting their energy into growing roots.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,560

    I take it you mean miscanthus zebrinus and that the plants were tiny because they were cheap.

    If so, they will take a while to establish and gardening is all about patience.  When they are so tiny it is often best to pot them up in good quality potting compost and let them grow on before expecting them to cope with life in the borders.

    There is some info about it here on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/99154/Miscanthus-sinensis-Zebrinus-(v)/Details?returnurl=%2Fplants%2Fsearch-results%3Fform-mode%3Dfalse%26query%3Dmiscanthus%2Bsinensis%26aliaspath%3D%252fplants%252fsearch-results 

    It is a deciduous grass which means that next spring you need to snip off the old foliage before the new growth starts so the new leaves come through with their points intact and not snipped. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,002

    Hi Julie. Unfortunately, supermarkets aren't nurseries or Garden Centres, so they don't sell plants which are comparable with specialist outlets. Your grasses will take a while to mature and grow to a decent size. That's why they're cheap, I'm afraid. 

    Even a decent sized specimen from a nursery will take a few years to thicken out and  get to full size.  

    Here's my Spartina from two years ago. Bought at my local nursery, in a 6 or 7 inch potimage

    Here's how it looks just now - 2 years on

    image

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


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,002

    snap obelixx image

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


  • juliexjuliex Posts: 3
    B3 says:

    Sometimes things are going on underground with new plants. They may be putting their energy into growing roots.

    See original post

     

  • juliexjuliex Posts: 3

    I wouldn't mind but they were £9.99 each.  I can get them in a local garden centre for  that and they're  tall not two sticks in a bit of soil.  

    Thank you for the links comments and pictures.  Gutted that mine aren't going to be a metre tall this year.  Oh well you live and learn. X

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,002

    That does seem expensive Julie - GC price as you say  image

    That's Waitrose for you...image

    I'd agree with obelixx about potting them on. It's often the best way with any small plants. They get a bit lost if they're just planted out into a big space, and sometimes just 'sit', especially if it was a couple of months ago when it was still cool.  

    Might be worth taking a couple of them out and popping them into pots - just big enough to let them have an inch or so of space between the rootball and the sides. They should grow into that fairly quickly and will be sturdier plants for planting out. Worth a little experiment   image

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


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