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Old 02-20-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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Anyone have experience with Miscanthus giganteus (or Chinese Silver Grass?)
Or fast growing living screens in general?

We have a new home with inground pool... interior remodeling is now, and as soon as it warms up a little we move outside. Property is big big, deep. But where the pool is the neighbor's house is a little close.

So want to put up a "living screen". Was originally considering fast growing trees, but fast can mean 3-5 years.

then I found the fast growing grasses... Miscanthus giganteus.
Grows 8-12 feet per year. Turns into a stalk over winter, chop down for spring, and regrows 8-12 again.


Any experience with this? thoughts?

Should we put into pots, or can I just plant in the ground?

Where to buy?

Any other ideas for a fast growing living screen?



(We live in New Jersey, near Philly. Zone is 7a)
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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My neighbors a couple houses down have something like this between driveways and it's really nice. Grows as a unit getting thicker and larger but in the last 10 years it has pretty much stayed the same. It is about 4 feet thick by 15 feet wide only 8 feet high, and has very nice privacy year long. Don't know how long it took to get that size. I love the white fluffy spires on it.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Bell,
I have that grass, only it is silver striped. THe first year
it needs alot of water when it is real hot. It will grow a little slow
the first year, but have beautiful big white bloom stalks, it is gorgeous.
THe second year it really took off!
I watered it regularly really good and deep. It was at least 10 feet tall
by the end of the summer. It's really big and beautiful, I left the dead parts
there, and the bloom stalks.
Soon, I will cut it down to about a foot and a half.
Just water it real good.
It also loves grass food. Seriously. LOL.
Plant the grass, it's awesome.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:34 AM
 
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Bell,

It also loves grass food. Seriously. LOL.
Plant the grass, it's awesome.

thank you! Great advice.
I will be planting. figuring out the best time of spring. Cold northeast weather this year has really messed things up!
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I agree with all of the kudos for this grass, although I have not grown it. According to a grass trial done in an issue of Fine Gardening last year, MG is the only miscanthus that did not self seed. Enjoy your grass.
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