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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 1:52 PM CST
I'm struggling to establish blood grass. I've seen it in large clumps in my area, and it is hardy to zone 4 (I'm 8) so that is not the problem. It is planted on the east side of my porch against a rock wall. Too hot? Not enough sun? I've planted 4" pots and gallon pots. They do well for the first summer, then just kind of peter out the following spring. I thought my chickens might be eating them, but they've had relatively little free range time this spring so I don't think that is it. I keep a hose on the porch to water hanging plants so they get plenty of water. I'm aiming for a nice solid swath of this behind a water feature and in front of the porch. My immediate plan is to just keep plugging in 4" pots which my grocery store has, so I hardly notice the cost... Maybe if I plant it thick enough, it will eventually fill in? The variety I am using is 'Red Baron' - pretty standard.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 20, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Deb - wracking my brain over something I remember from years ago about blood grass. I think I tried to grow it waaay back in my more newbie stage but didn't succeed. I seem to remember something about moisture and sun - they like both - but don't want wet feet over winter. ???
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
May 20, 2017 12:39 PM CST
Well, it had a lot of wet feet the past few winters - it's sited below the eave but right at the spot of a plugged gutter with frequent cascading waterfalls. We've since gotten the gutters repaired so perhaps that will dry it out enough to thrive. I also notice quite a disparity between the color on fresh plants (bright red tips) and the ones that are struggling (rather plain jane green with a tinge of red). I did read that they color up more in the fall, so hopefully with a better growing environment, they'll take off this year. Crossing fingers.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 20, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Good luck!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
May 20, 2017 7:59 PM CST
From what I remember they hold better color in sun and like moisture but need very good drainage not the easiest combo.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
May 21, 2017 8:20 AM CST
I'll see how they do this season. If it's still a bust, I may have to just rethink that planting and go with something different. One more try...
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