Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
Easy-Growing, Gorgeous Golden Blooms, Fast Growing in Nature
Karl Foerster known as Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora, is a fast growing ornamental grass which produces golden tan flowers above foliage during summer lasting into fall. They grow up to 6 feet tall and form in clumps up to 3 feet wide. Use this easy-to-grow plant for garden borders, mass planting or focal specimen, or simply pot it in a deco planter for patio privacy.
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Growing Zones: 4-10
|Mature Height:||4-5 ft.|
|Mature Width:||2-3 ft.|
|Sunlight:||Thrives in Full sun, Tolerates Partial Shade|
|Foliage Blooms||Golden Tan Blooms during Summer to Fall|
|Uses||Mass Plantings, Road Side, Beds and Borders, Hedge, Waterfront Regions|
|Characteristics||Attracts birds and Butterflies, Year round interest, Cold and Heat tolerant|
|Soil Conditions:||Wide Range of soils|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
This ornamental grass thrives in full sun, is drought tolerant yet can survive in wet soils, Feather Reed grass is one of the most popular ornamental grasses for your landscape, low maintenance and exceptionally hardy, resistant to deer and highly attractive to birds, this is why is preferred by professional landscapers, for its durability, easy care and low maintenance requirements.
Planting and Care
Additional care and maintenance
PLANTING, ideal time for planting your ornamental grass is from early spring to early fall right before frost of winter arrives. select an area with FULL SUN, ornamental grasses are easily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils, avoid wet soggy soils, once established grasses are highly adaptable and drought resistant. When planting dig a hole 6-12 inches wider than your new plant's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level, this is very important, planting the plant deeper than the original top soil line may severely damage the tree. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply the mulch over the entire planting area.
WATER your ornamental grass twice a week during the first 2 months to establish a strong root system, Once your new ornamental grass is established, rainfall should suffice for your grass's watering needs, increase frequency during extremely hot days, you should always verify the top 2-3 inches of soil, if dry to the touch is time to water.
FERTILIZE your plants during spring before new growth begins. Applying a slow-release, 180 days duration, well balance fertilizer is probably the simplest solution and least expensive.
PRUNING Ornamental grasses can be cut back at anytime once the foliage turns brown, however under cool conditions early spring is a good time to trim, cut off about 2/3 of the upper section, most ornamental grasses will regrow fairly quick, providing new blooms by early summer, see more details on how to cut back.
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