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I have overwintered my Pennisetum setaceum rubrum in a cold conservatory. I assume I should dead-head the flowers before it goes out again, but does the grass need cutting back as well?

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  • Posted: Sat. 5th February 2011 16:42

Re: Cutting back pennisetum setaceum rubrum

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Jude,
Since it is deciduous, I am guessing the foliage has died back? Given that, I would cut it back once you have moved it back outside.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 7th February 2011 20:36

Re: Re: Cutting back pennisetum setaceum rubrum

Reply from Jude Cohen-Phillips

Hi Kathy

No,. that's why I wondered what to do, because most of the foilage is in fine condition. Is it better for the plant to cut it all off and let it start again? (A lot of the flower plumes have gone grey/white - only about a quarter of them have thrown their seeds to the floor and then been cut off so far, but I think that is just mattter of time).
Thanks
Jude

  • Posted: Tue. 8th February 2011 10:01