Red fountain grass

A red-to-chocolate-coloured fountaingrass !
Common name : Red fountain grass
Scientific name : Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Family : Poaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 40 - 80
pH 6 - 7

Plant my red fountain grass

Plant your fountain grass in the sun or possibly in semi-shade in neutral to alkaline soil, rich and draining, from February to April and from September to November. Prepare the soil by a light digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it, with a pitchfork or a broadfork), a scratching and a raking. Plant keeping a spacing of once the final height if you want the clumps to appear separated, and half if you want a mass effect. Water thoroughly after planting. - In pots, plant in a mixture of compost, loam and sand, in a container pierced at the bottom, and equipped with a cup.

Water my red fountain grass

- During growth in the first year, water once or twice a week. - For potted plants, water once a week from April to October when it is not raining. If the mixture is very dry, bathe the pot or planter for 30 minutes. - Water thoroughly, which means the water you pour should not disappear too quickly : a small puddle should form. Also water in case of summer drought.

Fertilize my red fountain grass

Fertilize before winter (while mulching for example), moderately decomposed compost or manure, and by a light scratching to incorporate. In this way, your intake will have time to decompose itself and will be available in the spring when the plant is restarted.

Propagate my red fountain grass

Propagate by dividing the rootball in March.

Mulch my red fountain grass

Mulch your fountain grass, it will prevent you from watering, weeding, and protect from cold winter. It can even provide a slight fertilization on the ground by decomposing. To choose, know that dry crushed wood is the most inert, but it will hold longer. Fresh crushed wood and leaves enrich the soil even more, but need to be renewed more often. Grass clippings are to be used in a layer of 1 cm maximum mixed with something else. Mulch at least 5 cm thick for good efficiency.

Cut down my red fountain grass

This operation is important for pennisetum: cut all the dry foliage at the beginning or at the end of winter, to leave room and light for the new leaves that will emerge in spring.

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