Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Sorghastrum nutans. Blue Grass is delightful enough in summer with its bluish green, graceful leaves, but we find that late summer and autumn is when it really begins to shine. Foliage turns to bronze and is tipped with wheat-yellow seed heads. Native to North America, this is an excellent choice for erosion control and bioretention. Drought tolerant and easy to grow. Nothing adds movement and texture to a landscape like ornamental grasses. The way they sway in the breeze is most enjoyable. Generally, grasses perform well in full sun and require very little maintenance. Fall and winter interest are a huge part of their appeal. Height 3-5'. 2.5" plug.
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These plugs should be immersed in water upon arrival to thoroughly soak the root ball. These growing plants must be hardened off before planting outside. Keep in a cool bright room, and place outside on mild days and gradually leave outside for longer periods of time. After a week or so, or when nighttime temperatures are above freezing, plant outside. If a severe dip in temperature is expected, you may want to place straw or an old blanket over the green leaves to protect them from severe damage. Frost or cold will not permanently hurt the plant, but it may damage the new leaves and set growth back.
Be sure to soak the root systems in warm water for a few hours before planting and water them well afterward. Plant the crown level with the soil surface. Never plant grasses too deeply. Mulching is great to conserve moisture, especially during the first season, but keep mulch away from the crown.
Leave the stems on your grasses for winter interest. Remove dead stems to almost ground level in early spring. Grasses can also be divided at this time, if the clump is too large and/or you would like new plants, or if the center becomes sparse and woody (you may need an axe!). Be patient with some of these varieties!