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'Hakonechloa' Lemon Zest™ Japanese Forest Grass General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: As the Lemon Zest Forest Grass emerges in spring, ensure it is planted in well-draining soil with adequate moisture. Water deeply, especially during dry spells, to promote healthy growth and prevent the soil from drying out. Apply a slow-release fertilizer formulated for ornamental grasses to provide essential nutrients for the growing season. Monitor for signs of pests or diseases, such as aphids or rust, and address any issues promptly.
Summer: Throughout the summer months, continue to water the Lemon Zest Forest Grass regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and maintain soil temperature. Provide partial shade or dappled sunlight to prevent leaf scorch in hot, sunny locations. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other moisture-related issues.
Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering to allow the Lemon Zest Forest Grass to naturally enter dormancy. Cease fertilization in late summer to avoid stimulating new growth that may be susceptible to frost damage. Remove any dead or yellowing foliage to maintain the plant's appearance and prevent the spread of diseases. Consider dividing overcrowded clumps in early fall to rejuvenate the plant and promote vigorous growth in the following spring.
Winter: In winter, provide additional protection for the Lemon Zest Forest Grass by applying a layer of mulch over the root zone to insulate the soil and protect the plant from freezing temperatures. Avoid heavy pruning or disturbing the plant during dormancy. Monitor for signs of frost heave, and gently press any displaced roots back into the soil to prevent damage.
Fun Fact: Lemon Zest Forest Grass is prized for its vibrant chartreuse foliage, which adds a pop of color and texture to shaded garden areas. With proper care tailored to its specific needs, Lemon Zest Forest Grass can provide year-round interest and beauty to gardens and landscapes.