Miscanthus Sinensis Ferner Osten

Miscanthus Sinensis Ferner Osten

Miscanthus – Ornamental Grasses.

Miscanthus is varied species with many different options depending on what look you need for your garden. From impressively tall to small and bushy, there is something for all. I have a huge swathe of Miscanthus × giganteus in my own garden. View more ornamental grasses here.

Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light

Miscanthus is a genus comprising of grass species that are native to Africa, East Asia and the Pacific Island. It is also known as silver grass, maiden grass or fairy grass.

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Miscanthus varieties produce large, feathery flowers that come in shades of silver, pale purple and pink. They have fresh, attractive foliage.

Many varieties emerge green but turn brown or orange in autumn. Some of them have multicoloured foliage. They range from small varieties that reach a maximum height of 80cm to larger varieties that can grow to 2.5 meters in height.

These lovely grass varieties are also said to be handy because they have numerous uses. They are used for roof thatching, paper products, crafts and even as a source of renewable energy.

How to care for Miscanthus
Miscanthus can be planted at any time of the year but it is best in spring or autumn. They are low maintenance. They are rarely attacked by pests or affected by diseases.

What kind of soil does Miscanthus need? 
Miscanthus is best suited for even moist soil. It should be well-drained and have an adequate amount of organic matter.

How much light does Miscanthus need? 
It is best to plant miscanthus in full sun. It is likely to flop if grown in full or partial shade. Also, it will produce only a few flowers.

How much water  does Miscanthus need? 
Watering is not usually required. It is likely to get enough moisture from rainfall. If there is insufficient rainfall, you may water as required to keep the root and surrounding soil moist. It is much better to allow the soil to dry to a certain extent before watering again.

Does Miscanthus require pruning? 
The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring when new growth starts to appear at the base. It is done by simply snipping out dead canes

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Common Problems Encountered

  • Poor flowering is a common problem that occurs due to reduced sunlight during summer.  Hot, sunny weather is ideal for miscanthus to flower properly.
  • Miscanthus plants may rot off if the winter period is too wet. It will decay when grown in heavy soil. You can prevent this by putting some grit into the planting hole.
  • Multicoloured foliage may develop brown patches if the sun is too hot. Browning often starts at the leaf edges before spreading. The best way to deal with this problem is to take out the affected leaves immediately.

Common Miscanthus Varieties

  • Miscanthus 'Adagio'
  • Miscanthus x giganteus
  • 'Gracillimus' miscanthus
  • Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens
  • Miscanthus Sinensis 'Zebrinus'