How to divide Fountain grass ‘Rubrum’ (Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’)

I never paid the deserved attention to grasses but in recent years I’ve been fascinated for some gardens that included grasses for movement.
Movement is an important aspect of any landscape design, along with others like color and texture and nothing better to add some movement like the feathers.

So when I went to a garden center and saw this Fountain grass (Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’ or Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) I had to give it a chance.

How to divide Fountain grass 'Rubrum' (Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum') - original plant
How to divide Fountain grass ‘Rubrum’ (Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’) – original plant

I’m passionate about plant propagation and the first thing I thought was to divide it. It is very easy and I’m writing this post to show you step by step how to divide Fountain grass.

They grow in clumps and, when you see a plant that grows this way, there is nothing better than split the clump in several individual plants.

I did that in the end of Spring when the plant is growing vigorously.

I lift the plant from the pot and with help of a shovel I cut the root ball.

How to divide Fountain grass 'Rubrum' (Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum') - cut the clump
How to divide Fountain grass ‘Rubrum’ (Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’) – cut the clump

As this is a small plant I only cut in two pieces, having an excedent small division (in the middle of next picture) that I will test and see how it goes.

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