Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well drained or sandy
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A graceful, fountainous grass that takes its name from the horizontal cream bands on the leaves. Striking, silky, finger-like flowers bloom in late summer, and stay for months, giving this plant dramatic winter presence. Use as a specimen, or in small groups at the back of a perennial border.
- Garden care:
Cut down to the ground in late winter before the new foliage appears.
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Q:Miscanthus not flowering
Afernoon, I bought a grass from you about 3 or 4 years back. It is a Miscanthus sacchariflorus. It has thrived well, is green and lush, but to date, it hasn't flowered. Am I doing anything wrong? Are you able to give me some advice please? I must add that I have bought a number of plants from you since you set up your web site and have been delighted with them all. The quality of each plant is excellent, as is the packaging and delivery. Regards MarionAsked on 13/9/2009 by Marion
A:Hello Marion, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Miscanthus has not produced flowers, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. Best regards and thanks for the positive feedback. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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