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propagating perennials: Hakonechloa-Golden Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hakonechloa-Golden Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass

Propagating Hakonechloa or Japanese Forest Grass is simple, just divide the plant in the spring by breaking off clumps from the parent plant, after new growth appears, with a spade and replanting the new plant and it is a grass that prefers shade, actually it colors up better then if planted in the sun. It is also a good specimen for a container on a shaded patio or deck. The leaves turn a pinkish brown in the fall and prefers a well draining moist soil in the growing season but not over winter. Varieties have either white or gold variegation and as you can see from the photo on the right Hakoneachloa tends to have a a graceful weeping habit. It grows upward of 18" in height and is deciduous and although its bloom is inconspicuous it does so from July through August but is generally not self seeding.

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