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How to Grow Miscanthus


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Moist, well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Tender

About Miscanthus

Miscanthus are deciduous or evergreen grasses with an attractive spreading habit that exalts intricate colours and markings. Slender foliage with often fluffy terminal panicles of silky spikelet’s make an attractive feature in flower beds or borders within a courtyard coastal and informal garden setting. You should expect to see Miscanthus grow to an approximate height of 2.5m (8’) and a spread of 1.5m (5’).

How to plant Miscanthus

Miscanthus are best suited to well-drained soil of sand, chalk, clay or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade. Dig a hole that will accommodate the depth and width of your plant. You may wish to amend the planting area with a generous amount of organic matter and mix thoroughly. Water well once in place to settle the surrounding soil.

How to care for Miscanthus

During active growth outer stems can flop, revealing the centre of your plant – this does usually happen if plants are positioned in part shade. Trim off any blades to prevent arching whilst maintaining it’s natural appearance. To prune, cut just above the height of the emerging new growth in spring or autumn if you wish to prevent self-seeding. Keep the soil regularly moist during its first year and water deeply to saturate the root.

How to propagate Miscanthus

It is possible to propagate Miscanthus by division during the spring.

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