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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: pampas grass Reply with quote

hi, i bought 2 pampas grasses last year, now there gone mostly brown, with a little green in the middle, do you cut them back and if so, how? have to say, i know nothing about grasses, but always wanted 2 at the entrance of the drive, they look so elegant with the plumes. jim
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK they weather has been so cold theres very little growing so dont worry yet if there is green in the middle that is a good sign, you can cut off the dead leaves with a secuteres, They are tough plants, what variety did you buy Pumilla or sellona, I prefer Pumilla myself is not as big as Sellona see if I can find pics of both.
http://www.gardensandplants.com/uk/plant.aspx?plant_id=955

http://www.colesvillenursery.com/plant/cortaderia-dwarf-pumila/attachment/cortaderia-dwarf-pumila
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was that constant dessicating easterly wind that we had that turned them brown.

They'll be fine whether you trim them back or not.

Personally I prefer Cortaderia Richardii (called toy, toy in NZ) to the Argentinian ones.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sellona is the one, I probaly invest in more different ones when the knowledge grows, as I have plenty of room, altough expose site, not too high but more open if you know what I mean. Saw some where on the net you can just chop them to the crown or even burn them believe it or not.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it good for them to be cut down to the core every now and then? Mine havent had plumes for a few years but are otherwise doing very well.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done this successfully using a hedge trimmers but I think it best to divide and use an outer section as it usually developes a large hole in the centre, I would not recommend burning like some books suggest.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Greengage
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

burning when they are naturally dry is a good means of controlling the untidiness of these. it occurs in the wild and they are dangerous to handle as they can cut very easily.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i still wouldnt burn it, doctors differ plants die
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burning Cortaderia Selloana is a well known practice to keep it under control.
I wouldn't burn Richardii though. It's too nice.

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