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Pampus Grass!!!
Sat 26-Mar-11
4:11 pm
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Help please, last year I planted 5 pampus grass here in Bulgaria, before the winter I wrapped them up well in fleece, today I have undressed them the pink one looks a little green as does one of the white ones, but the others are all dried and dead looking!!

The question is please, do I prune them right back to base now, or leave them or what!

An Englishwoman in the next village has managed to keep her pampas grass growing for a few years now, but shes gone back to the uk for a while so i cant get in touch with her.

Thank you toffeeapple

Sun 27-Mar-11
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Maria

Give it a serious haircut asap, if it's dead, it's dead and the cut won't make any difference. I made the mistake of not cutting some of ours back last winter and we now have a massive job ahead of us to clear them..I think ours are dead, but I'm still cutting back, or it will look a real mess when (if) any new growth occurs.

Mon 28-Mar-11
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Thanks my dear I will put it on the list for tomorrow, actually I have since found out you can buy a type of hardy pampas grass which will survive -20, so i will look into that too.    Terrier theres a few green leaves so I will feed with cold tea it thrived on that last year,  thanks a lot i hope you dont lose yours though.   Ah himself, asks when do you set them on fire?  ( HE NEVER LETS ME HAVE BONFIRES!)  TTFNtoffeeapple

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I've heard about setting fire to them, we tried that with one we had in the garden (which we wanted rid of), cut it back in late summer as best we could, then set a small fire in it's crown, never really did much damage and the bloody thing kept sprouting (and getting cut back) for at least another year. I think keeping the crown exposed for two winters has done the job. I suppose it depends where it is as to whether you can burn all the dead growth without damaging anything else in the area, worth a go as the dead grass is like razor blades.

Tue 29-Mar-11
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I thought burning the dead grass off pampas helped it Janetwhistle

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Ah, Maybe that explains things Joanna - well it's definitely dead now

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