My Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' didn't come back this year - Knowledgebase Question

Brookfield, CT
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Question by francesobrie
June 17, 2005
I cut back the grass in early spring and none of my 4 plants came back. I have one or two wisps coming in from each but that's about it. Does this mean they are dead or could they possible come back next year? Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 17, 2005
This grass should be winter hardy for you, cutting them off short in early spring is a routine thing to do, so I am not sure what happened. Perhaps they were located in a spot that was too wet, or perhaps there was some accidental herbicide exposure, or something unusual happened. If just a few shoots are growing it sounds like they suffered severe damage. You might want to replace them as it will take a long time to regrow a solid clump from a tiny start. I would suggest you try to trouble shoot what happened with your nursery staff before replacing them in the same spot, just in case it is not well suited to them.

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