1000 BLUE FESCUE Fesnea Glauca Ornamental Grass Seeds Festuca ovina glauca

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NAME: Blue Sheep's Fescue Grass

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Fesnea Ovina Glauca

COLOR: Bluish green with white flowers

PLANT SEEDS: Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost

BLOOM TIME: Late Spring - Early Summer

HARDINESS ZONE: 4 - 11 (& reseeds itself easily)

PLANT HEIGHT: 6 - 12"

PLANT SPACING: 6 - 12"

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade

SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average

How to Grow

Plant blue fescue in full sun and in well-drained soil, although it will tolerate poor soils. The more sun this ornamental grass receives, the more likely it is to achieve its famous blue-gray color. Space clumps fairly close, about 8 to 10 inches apart since the plants don't spread very much.

In cold climates, blue fescue grass often turns brown in winter, but many growers leave it standing to help protect the roots from cold. Cut back the foliage in early spring to within a few inches of the ground. This will help make room for the new grass blades and will improve the look of the plant.

Gardeners in warm climates may experience a different problem with blue fescue. Above-ground growth may die back during the summer, due to excessive heat and humidity. When this happens, give the plant a "haircut," since its appearance is temporarily spoiled anyway. In many cases, the plant will recover when more moderate weather returns.

Mulching with a 3-inch layer of bark mulch or other organic material is advisable, especially when fostering the growth of young plants. Mulch helps to conserve moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth. It eventually decomposes and releases nutrients into the soil (at which time you can replace the old mulch with a new batch).

To keep the foliage looking good, remove dead blades of grass, and remove the flower heads to encourage a dense, mounded shape. Leaving the flowers may cause the plant to self-seed; this can be fine where you want the plant to spread but will require culling out the volunteers if you want to keep it confined.

There are few pest and disease problems with blue fescue, but the plant will die within a few years if it is not lifted and divided.
Conditions

Blue fescue thrives in full sunlight; it tolerates shade, but will not flower as well. This plant prefers relatively dry soil that is well-drained. It does not tolerate wet, soggy conditions.

This plant has average moisture needs. Water weekly during hot summer months to keep it green and growing; short periods of drought will stunt, but not kill the plant. Blue fescue prefers cool summers but does fine in moderately warm conditions, but blistering heat and high humidity will cause the foliage to die back and may shorten the lifespan of this already short-lived perennial.1 Compost applied around the plant as mulch provides all the feeding that blue fescue requires.
Propagation

Within a few years, blue fescue will begin to develop brown areas in the center of the clump, and will soon die away altogether unless lifted and divided. This plant rarely lives past three to five years unless it is divided.

Pry the dying plant up out of the ground with a shovel or a garden trowel.
Cut the clump in half, prying away the brown center portion of each smaller clump.
Replant the two new clumps as new plants, spacing them 8 to 10 inches apart.



NOTE: ALL GROWING INFO AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE ON ITEM PAGE.

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