We offer quality, unmodified, (no GMO) heritage, Miscanthus Giganteus field grown perennial rhizomes. They have multiple growth nodes and ample reserved energy to begin growing as soon as conditions are favorable (i.e. the ground is warm in spring and moisture is available).
The better the rhizome, the better the plant!
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What to expect…
First year, with adequate warmth and moisture expect growth to 7feet high and 1 -1 1/2 feet wide, depending on your zone. Looks best with shorter plants planted 3 to 4 Feet in front of it for visual balance. At maturity (3 -5 years) expect a plant 12 feet high by 3-4 feet wide.
Planted 3 feet apart in a row. Expect a nice screen by the end of the first growing season, 7 feet high and 1-1/2 feet wide. Each plant will mature at 12x feet high by 3 to 4 feet wide. Note that the screen will stand all winter until it is cut back in the spring.
When planted 3 feet apart in each direction in zones 6-7-8, you can expect some weed growth between the rows the first year, by the second year it will be challenging to see through the plants, by the third year you should have a solid stand.
Heritage Giant Miscanthus is non invasive. The seed is sterile; the plant spreads by re-planting the rhizome. In the first year, after the shoots have emerged, a slight dusting of commercial 10-10-10 may be used if desired. Do this only early in the growth cycle. Application of fertilizer later in the season may encourage it to get leggy and bloom before it has grown to potential that season. Harvest in January or February at about 15% moisture. Call for support and advice. This is a free service for our customers.
This plant, once established, has no pest problems. Deer won’t eat it, (although they do like to bed down in it in winter), birds love it, and it is very attractive year round, especially in bloom.
That’s pretty much it, plant, water, establish and stand back! In the winter harvest, the next year it come back on its own, no replanting necessary.
Our Personal Experience
- The first year we planted we were in the middle of a several year drought. We planted in early April. Those beautiful green shoots emerged in about ten days, grew to 6” or so, (yeah! I was excited) then we had SNOW, in Georgia! I thought, “OK, well, that’s that, they are gone”. Not So, (yeah again) they just kept on growing, showing no adverse side effects. The first year we planted quality rhizomes 3 feet apart. By the end of the first growing season we had 12 shoots per initial rhizome, by the end of the second season 27 shoots; by the end of the third season we had 51 shoots per rhizome. After the third season they were too thick to count. We are in zone 7b-8a.
Since we were in the drought years, the first year we did install some inexpensive drip irrigation, set with timers to run for 30-45 minutes in the wee hours of the morning due to water restrictions .Since that time we have not applied any fertilizer or additional water Heritage Giant Miscanthus is a dependable, self sustaining perennial plant.
With purchase you get:
- Quality perennial rhizomes with multiple growth nodes.
- Customer support in planting, growing and harvesting.
- No minimum order required. We ship any quantity.
- Ships only in spring when the soil temperature is warm.
- Call for wholesale information 770-227-7962
We are located in Georgia close to I-75 between Macon and Atlanta. If you want to see the plants first hand, call us. We will be happy to show you around.
Miscanthus Giganteus is a warm weather grass. Planting is in early spring when the soil has warmed. If planted too late in summer (depending on your zone) the plant may not have time to get established before winter sets in. If planted too early in cold soil the rhizomes may not sprout at all.