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#125280 Sep 7th, 2007 at 04:31 AM
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I have an unidentified variegated ornamental grass that produces little flower spikes with light blue ball like flowers in the late summer.

I plan to take it to the new garden apartment with me for my new shade garden. But I have a problem with it's roots. It puts out runners to produce babies and these can be quite long. I don't have enough large pots to put them in so can I trim the roots without hurting the plant?


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tkhooper #125343 Sep 7th, 2007 at 06:11 AM
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Yes, you can trim the roots...it will actually stimulate the plant to grow more, but be careful not to trim too much. BTW, your description sounds like variegated liriope.


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alankhart #126013 Sep 8th, 2007 at 04:54 AM
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I'm going to check it out immediately...

Yes you nailed it! Are you a master gardener? It's the one called Liriope s. 'Silver Dragon'.

Thankyou for the information. That's going to make it much easier for me.


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Yeah! I thought that's what it was, and yes, I've been a MG for 7 years.


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alankhart #126478 Sep 9th, 2007 at 05:54 AM
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Well you are wonderful. I'm definitely a member of your fan club. About the root trimming would about a quarter of the length of the roots be to much to take? And can I take the runner root back all the way to the plant or do I have to limit how much of that I take also? I know I have so many questions.


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tkhooper #126486 Sep 9th, 2007 at 06:32 AM
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Sounds about right on both questions. The more root you give the runner the better. It's a very tough plant...hard to kill, so I think you'll do just fine.


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alankhart #126808 Sep 9th, 2007 at 06:34 PM
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Thanks Alan. I was afraid I would lose it because I didn't have pots large enough to put them all in if I couldn't trim the roots.


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