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Name: Garden Gnome
Central NJ (Zone 7a)
Jun 5, 2016 9:04 PM CST
Last year I bought a white Pampas grass which established itself well and grew beautifully and produced 4 plumes. This year, there is no sign of life from the plant. Is it dead? I removed the old growth sometime in late March or so, along with the Miscanthus Purpurascens. When does Pampas grass break dormancy? I am in Zone 7a.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 6, 2016 10:32 AM CST
It might have frozen to death.
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Name: Garden Gnome
Central NJ (Zone 7a)
Jun 9, 2016 8:18 PM CST
That's a depressing thought. We did not even have a terrible winter like the other two previous years. These were marked as hardy to 6 in the nursery. Any idea when these things break dormancy? My hybiscus only started a few days ago, but it's taken off. Still no signs of like on the pampas grass.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Jun 9, 2016 8:29 PM CST
Did you have a lot of rain over the winter? Depending on the drainage, soil, and the amount of rain the crowns may have rotted. I would think you should see some hint of new growth by now. Maybe try dividing one or lifting one to see if the roots were eaten by moles/voles/gophers, if the ground was too wet, or if the roots are healthy and it is just slow to return.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Jun 9, 2016 8:34 PM CST
I have tried it a couple of times in northwest NJ which is now zone 6 and it has not overwintered.
Name: Garden Gnome
Central NJ (Zone 7a)
Jun 10, 2016 9:34 AM CST
"moles voles and gophers"-- I am in monmouth county and I have a gopher that's trying to make its home here. Sad I guess I will try to lift a section up and see what happened. It is a very tight clump. The soil drains very well there and I can't remember it being very rainy last winter.

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