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Subject: purple fountain grass
Category: General Interest
Posted On: October 04, 2004
Message: I live in Surrey, B.C. and have planted purple fountain grass along my back fence and along the side of my house. I do realize that it is an annual but is there any way I can save it short of digging it up. Can I cut it back and cover it ? I just love it and don't want to lose it but I have no place to store it if I dug it up.


From: Robin - Richbar Nursery (October 17, 2004)
Message: Purple Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' is a zone 9 perennial. In cooler climates, it is often grown as an annual. To overwinter it, I would suggest digging it up, clipping back the foliage, & storing them in an area that stays around 10 degrees celcius. A heated carport works well for this purpose. Keep them watered so that the roots don't dry out(usually once every two weeks is sufficient).When weather warms in the spring, they can be brought back outside to re-grow. I have also heard that they can be kept as a houseplant successfully. I have had success with many other zone 8 & up grasses this way, but not with the purple fountain grass. This could be just me though. You may want to experiment by doing a couple both ways and see what works best for you.

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