Maidengrass – when will new growth appear?


When will new growth appear – the maiden grass ornamental grass looks pretty dead now.




Be patient. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ or Maidengrass  grows slowly and steadily.  You are likely looking at some of the old, dry growth, which may be hiding the new shoots.   New growth should start to emerge in early spring – it is now mid-May, and the weather has been very cold, which may be one reason nothing new is showing. If you wish, you can cut back the dead areas of the grass – be careful not to clip any of the new growth, though.

Note that it’s best to cut foliage to the ground in late winter or early spring – just before new shoots appear.

The grass blooms from August to February.  It does best in full sun or part shade, likes average to moist conditions and should not be permitted to dry out. After a couple of years, it will grow to 150-180 cm (5-6 ft) in height and 90-120 cm (3-4 ft) wide and is most interesting in late summer, fall and winter.