Miscanthus Sinsensis ‘Adagio’

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1999, 2000

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

Easy grower. Solid green leaves not as desirable as variegated; Plants grew well and I know will produce next year; Plants are filling area in at 1′ x 1′ spacing; size is nice, most grasses are too large for home use.

Year 2:

Easy, really nice plant, I used foliage as well as flowers, nice size grass; I love it but my customers don’t; they will buy Johnson grass before this; next year I’ll try just the foliage, not the heads and see if that works; Can cut whole plant off to harvest and will regrow; Arching slender foliage, interesting flower stalk.

Problems:

Year 1:

Leaf blades are sharp/painful to cut (2); Too short; Neither the flower heads nor leaves appear saleable. Maybe next year; Has short harvest window for fresh.

Year 2:

Too ‘grassy’ – too much like wild grasses

Comments:

Year 1:

Miscanthus sinsensis ‘Variegata’ has a longer stem showing; I am not sure what I was supposed to cut on this grass. I used the blades a couple of times in bouquets but it never did flower. Maybe next year?; Still in 4 ½; pots. I’ll plant soon but not optimistic. Leaves are not bold enough; Nothing special; First seed heads showed week of August 8.

Year 2:

Similar to Miscanthus sinsensis ‘Varigatus’; Other cultivars have more interesting foliage.

Trial Data

Year 1

Miscanthus sinsensis ‘Adagio’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 25.7 22.8 2.6 3.0 5.0

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Miscanthus sinsensis ‘Adagio’
Plants Surviving (%) Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)
Average 100.0 14.5 34.3 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.3 5.0

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Grow’n Sell

320 Lower State Rd.

Chalfont, PA 18914

215-822-1276

FAX 215-997-1770

www.gro-n-sell.com

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