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can you cut stipa arun right down in spring as there is so much dead growth?

On plant Stipa arundinacea



I know my mum has done it in the past and it recovered well including flowering too though I would scatter a slow release around the roots a month or two before you cut it back to give it a boost.

As this plant seeds around prolifically, I would be potting up some of these as a back up though.

6 Aug, 2010


I don't - I just comb all the dead stuff out in spring, but this year I was worried as there seemed to be more dead than live stems. Unfortunately, I then chopped a piece off the side of the very large clump and found out why! There was an ants' nest underneath which had virtually killed the plant - so I've replaced it.

6 Aug, 2010

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