All about pennisetum, the grass cushion
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The pennisetum, also called swab grass, is a ornamental grass of hot climate. It forms large cushions adorned with floral spikes that sway elegantly in the wind. The plant can reach after a few years the size of 80 cm wide and 60 cm high. It grows in spring as in summer and cuts in winter. The pennisetum can withstand in the ground up to - 10 ° and works well in pots or planters. Moreover, some varieties, more compact, are very adapted to this type of plantation.
The pennisetum is one of these plants easy to cultivate which should be present in all gardens. Its foliage, semi-persistent, is adorned with fluffy spikes that are adorned with colors ranging from white to pale pink. The pennisetum structure the massifsit supports ordinary lands and cool climates. Our practical tips will help novice and experienced gardeners successfully grow the pennisetum in their garden or on their terrace.
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Planting the pennisetum
Install the pennisetum in a rockery, a massif or a garden of gravel. The plant tolerates dry or calcareous lands. Dig a hole slightly larger than the pennisetum pot, add some compost to the planting soil, set up the plant and water without tamping the soil. Prefer a exposure in full sun or partial shade. Allow at least 50 cm of planting distance between each pennisetum.
Pennisetum in pots, care tips
The pennisetum is grown very well in vats. Plan for good drainage because pennisetum does not like stagnant moisture. Plant the pennisetum in a light earth enriched with a little compost. Water without tamping the earth of the tank. The pennisetum is married with perennials with light rootslike daisies or lavatera.
Size and maintenance of pennisetum
The pennisetum is pruning in winter, out of freezing periodwhen the flower spikes are dry. We can also wait until the end of the winter and fold the tufts of pennisetum before regrowth in the spring. The pennisetum does not require no special maintenance. But beware of weeds that can slip into the heart of the pennisetum cushions. Tear them off when they are small to avoid colonization.
Watering and fertilizer pennisetum
The pennisetum withstands drought and high temperatures. Water those grown in pots or gardeners in summer during long arid periods.
Diseases and parasites affecting pennisetum
Pennisetum rarely suffer from diseases. Nevertheless, beware of mulcals that can uproot them by nibbling their roots or rabbits who love their flowering spikes.
To know about the pennisetum
The pennisetum accompanies the perennial flowers and forms with them pretty dry bouquets. Cut the ears in late summer and let them dry, upside down in a cool room. To marry with dahlias, daisies or asters. You can also marry pennisetum with other grass stems.
Varieties of pennisetum to choose
In the open ground, opt for the Halmen pennisetum, delightful all year. In pots or planters, choose a small compact pennisetum. The varieties Little Honey at the blooming dew and Little Bunny at the steepest port are preferred.
Gardener's tip on the pennisetum
In areas with a cold climate, protect the plate from frost: fold it out of frost and cover the feet with cut ears.