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Re: overwintering

PFG doesn't go dormant, though it does slow down.  If it is too big, or I
want more, I divide it when I dig and pot in fall.  However, if you didn't
divide it then, you can do it in spring.  How far to cut back is kind of
iffy for me since it doesn't go dormant, but just remember that tacky part
will still be showing next spring, so I cut back most of it to about 4
inches but leave some taller parts.  I keep it in the window in the garage.
I suppose it doesn't necessarily need the window.  It keeps growing very
slowly and the cats love to go out and munch on it.

The Alternanthera I love to grow is a groundcover that's the same color as
the PFG.  The leaves are small and narrow, not like the typical Joseph's
Coat you often see.  I googled it and only found a couple of pictures of
this one.  I've bought it 2 yrs running but they never give the cultivar
name.  I checked the NOS site and it is similar to Rubyred, but not quite.
It is prolific, so maybe I will try rooting some cuttings as well as
bringing in the plants.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Cc: "'Master Gardeners'" <Master_Gardeners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 2:09 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] overwintering

> I've brought Alternanthera dentata indoors as a whole plant.  This
> summer I took cuttings from a few kinds of Alternanthera with success.
> What do you do with the Purple Fountain Grass?  Sunny window?  Do you
> divide it?
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
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