Sunday, November 19, 2006

Why the difference. Beats me?

Our Japanese bloodgrass Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' was planted about 3 years ago and has never done well. The colors were anemic and the leaves thin. This year it did amazing well with good color and fairly vigorous growth. Why the difference? Same location, same food and water, I don't get it. Maybe it takes a long time to establish? A very nice looking plant now though.


Blogger Carol said...

I've got some bloodgrass acquired as a passalong plant. Some years it does appear redder than other years. It gets the same "lack of attention" every year, so it must be environmental It has been slowly spreading so I need to figure out how to contain it!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Carol,
Our bloodgrass must be stunted as it has remained pretty much the size we first got it. Thanks for letting me know that we'll get more years of good colors. I was about to yank it this spring but didn't get around to doing it because we were so busy. Now it gets a reprieve. Funny how some plants don't give fruit until you threaten it!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I moved some into a sunnier area this spring and that clump went gangbusters while the other (shadier) clumps were less vigorous. Could it have gotten more sun over the growing season? (i.e., was it a sunnier summer, or did you maybe limb up a small tree nearby, etc.?)

7:02 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Kim, now that you mention it my wife did severely cut back some lower branches of the service berry the grass was under. Memory comes and goes these days.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Interesting... maybe that is the case, then. I was trying to figure out what was going on with mine, myself. I guess I'll have to find a happy medium between "so shady it languishes" and "so sunny it spreads everywhere!"

3:01 PM  

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