GIANT JAPANESE SILVER GRASS Miscanthus floridulus

GIANT JAPANESE SILVER GRASS Miscanthus floridulus

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This grass grows up to 12' tall!!! This Giant Miscanthus floridulus features include soft, silky plumes, and extremely long grass blades hang from the main stem, and cascade about 4' long! This plant is extremely hardy, to -30C (zone 4), and has been nick-named 'Canadian Bamboo'! Stems can be used as stakes, like bamboo, so they are extra handy. Very beautiful, it forms neat dense clumps, and will not invade surrounding areas. Rare and hard to find, very popular. Please see the germination information below, as Giant Miscanthus seeds require a cold period before they can grow.

Type: Perennial

Height: 12'

Location: Sun or part

Hardiness zones: 4-9

Bloom time: Late summer/fall

Seed size: Medium-small

Seeds per pack: 20

Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds can benefit from a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. The cold period is especially important for Miscanthus, as they can require patience to germinate. The cold period provides a 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:

Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds on the surface of your growing medium, and water in so that seeds just barely under the soil surface. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. If temperatures are naturally cool outside at the time of planting, the container can be placed outdoors for this cold period, as the seeds like the alternating temperatures. Be sure the temperatures do not go below freezing.

Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Your seedlings should appear anywhere from 3-10 weeks after bringing them into warmth. It is very important to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period.


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