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Zebra Ornamental Grass

Postby lasgirl » Jul 06, 2010 7:49 pm

I have just planted Zebra grass in an above ground spot to help hide a cable television cylinder. I planted it three days ago and it is already turning brown. Any advice as to why?
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Zebra Ornamental Grass



Re: Zebra Ornamental Grass

Postby Chris_W » Jul 06, 2010 8:27 pm


If it was transplanted then it would just be transplant shock. Make sure it gets plenty of deep water, not just surface water, and avoid overhead watering during the heat of the day. If you just bought it from a container plant there is a chance that it had been watered a couple times a day at the nursery and would need the same amount for a while. Lots of times potted plants are watered and fertilized a lot to keep them full and lush looking but then after planting they start to decline if they aren't babied the same way. Or if it had been growing in a shady spot and moved to a sunny spot it is getting some sunburn.

I would take the hose and set it right at the base of the plant and give it a really good soaking. Repeat every other day for a week to get the moisture really deep and encourage some deep roots to grow. Worse comes to worse trim off the bad leaves and it will grow new ones.

Good luck!

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Re: Zebra Ornamental Grass

Postby newtohosta-no more » Jul 07, 2010 8:04 am

Good advice from Chris, so I have nothing to add. I do want to say Welcome to the forums though. :D
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Re: Zebra Ornamental Grass

Postby JaneG » Jul 07, 2010 2:03 pm

Good advice from Chris. I dug up two large Zebra Grass this spring, split them and replanted them. They paused for a moment then took off again and now they are doing great. I was lucky because it was springtime and still cool and frequent rain. Yours might struggle in the heat of summer, but they'll be fine in the long run, I'm sure! :D
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Re: Zebra Ornamental Grass

Postby lessa's dh » Jul 13, 2011 7:20 am

Did you get the big Zebra grass ( gets about 6' tall) or the Little Zebra (gets around 3' tall)?
I have a Little Zebra doing the same thing but figured it was the transplant shock so I am trying to give it a little special attention
by hand watering a couple of times a day (early and late).

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