Getting Tiny Zebra Grass Through Winter
I purchased a Dwarf Zebra Grass from a mail order catalogue. It recently arrived this fall and is very tiny! It is in a 2.25" pot and I am worried it will not survive the cold northern winter. Could I grow the grass in a planter indoors until spring? This is my first venture into gardening in general, and I know nothing about ornamental grasses.
Moving the plant indoors for winter would be my last resort. It is difficult to keep the plants alive in the poor growing conditions. Heel in the plant for winter. Simply find a protected spot near the house, garage or other location. Avoid the drier vent or other sources of artificial heat that can cause freezing and thawing. Sink the pot into the soil to insulate the roots. Once the ground freezes cover the plant with evergreen boughs (from a discarded Christmas tree) or straw. You may want to mark the location so it is easy to find in spring. The Miscanthus grasses (Zebra grass being one of these) are late to emerge in spring – so don’t be alarmed if this plant shows no signs of life until after most other plants have sprouted.