Perennial Grasses - Knowledgebase Question

Long Island, NY
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Question by whelandad
April 3, 2000
Can perennial grasses be cut down to the ground in the fall? And one grass, such as pompas grass,
I think that's the name, be kept in containers?

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2000
Ornamental grasses may be cut down in either fall or spring. If cut in the fall, however, the seed heads will be removed and thus one of their ornamental features will be lost.

In general, the grasses do quite well in containers although they may outgrow their pots in a season. Some of them, such as true pampas grass and the purple fountain grass, are not hardy here so must be grown in containers so that they can be moved into a heated area during the winter.

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