How to Multiply Your Plants: Red Fountain Grass

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Learn how to multiply your plants: red fountain grass!

Now that the weather is cooling down in my zone 10 garden in Los Angeles, I’m doing yearly maintenance on some of my ornamental grasses.

 

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Red fountain grass, Pennisetum setaceum enjoyed a great run this summer.

As a “warm season” grass, Pennisetum setaceum is in active growth mode throughout the summer and its feathery plumes stir up a lot of attention from passersby.

 

I usually let my grasses grow and leave them alone to set their own height restrictions but lately, I’ve noticed some of them need help with “girth control.”

Their getting fat around the middle!

 

Good news for me because that means that the plants can afford a little “horticultural lipo” when I extract some “divisions” and create more plants!

Want to see me in action, propagating red fountain grass?

 

I promise this video is very short and informative and may encourage you to get dirty!

Look for all of my “Multiply Your Plants” videos shown weekly on my garden TV talk show, “Garden World Report.”

Last week, I multiplied a Kalanchoe plant by cuttings.

 

 

7 Comment

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  3. I’m enjoying looking at your red fountain grass right now as the ones in my yard turned to straw after the last freeze.

    I never cut mine back or divide them until spring.

  4. That is very cold. Never experienced such cold temperatures. I remember when I visited Italy I was freeing and it was just 20 degrees! You east coasters must have thick skin,
    Shirley

  5. Hi Shirley,

    The forecast for the overnight low here in New England was for 2 degrees! I didn’t stay up long enough to confirm it, but yeah, it has been frigid out there. That said, however, it was only just a few days ago that I still had flowers on my delphinium and Johnny jump-ups.

  6. Hi David,
    Great to hear from you! So your garden is “going naked?”

    How cold is it where you live? We’ve had some high 30 degree mornings but not enough to kill anything.

    I enjoy the look of the Miscanthus year round , especially when it is backlit. Very dramatic.
    Wonderful to hear from you David.
    Shirley

  7. Nice video, Shirley. I hope you’re having a terrific holiday season.

    I’m enjoying my maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘gracillimus’) right now. After my perennials have died back and shrubs like Korean spice viburnum and fothergilla (two of my fall favorites) have dropped their leaves, it’s really the only game in town in that area of my landscape. With nothing else around to obscure the view, you can fully appreciate the beauty of its plumes, stalks and narrow leaves. Besides, I like the straw color it takes on in the winter (I’ll chop it back in spring, getting ready for the new growth).

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