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There are many plants that provide some great foliage colour, but not many are as easy to care for as the Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’). This grass is as easy care as it gets and tolerates a bit of neglect as well. It is a great choice for the easy care garden and can be grown in both beds and pots. 


How to grow purple fountain grass in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to half shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil lightly moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, keeping it clear of the base of the plant.

  5. Feed in every 2 weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow purple fountain grass in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to half shade.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch, keeping it clear of the base of the plant.
  6. Feed in every 2 weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.

Growing tips

  • To keep the plant looking at its best, cut the plant back each winter so that it is at least 5cm above ground level. This will provide fresh new growth for the Spring ahead. 
  • This plant can be easily propagated through division in autumn by carefully removing it from the ground or the pot and dividing into separate clumps with a spade

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