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Alexisgold
Jun 4, 2018 9:44 PM CST
Hi there. Hope someone could help. I am in love with the Pink Muhly Grass. Our zone is too cold for them (Winnipeg mb, Canada). I am wondering if I could plant it as an annual? I know it won't survive our winter and come up the following spring. If I started it by seed in the house to give it more time to grow. Is this possible? I'm fairly new to gardening. Thanks.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2018 12:54 PM CST
Welcome!

What you could do is plant some Muhly Grass in a pot and in the fall, cut them down and store the pot in a garage or basement. If that won't work for you, germinate them early in your house and put them out as soon as possible to get maximum growth. As its grass, it should bloom the first year. Always worth a try.
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Alexisgold
Jun 5, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Thank you so much for the info Daisy 😊 Really appreciate it. I will try both the pots and just starting it early in the house and planting it the ground as just an annual. I'm out of time this year. But next spring I will definitely give it a go. Thanks again!
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plantmanager
Jun 5, 2018 4:55 PM CST
Good luck with it. It is a beautiful grass.
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Alexisgold
Jun 5, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Thank you Plantmanager. I agree, its just so gorgeous. Just another quick question if you guys don't mind, when I cut them and store the pots in the basement, do I just leave them? Do I water it? Or is it completely dormant and I just leave it alone? If this doesn't work I may have to move to a warmer climate Hilarious! Thanks.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Yes, during the winter cold, even in the garage, the roots need moisture. Well hydrated roots ward off cold much better than dry roots - but that doesn't mean soggy, it means damp. Muhly Grass is hardy to Zone 5 and I think you are in zone 3 (?) so you won't need to add a lot of warmth. Keep the pots above 0 degrees F and they will be good.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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