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Sedge or sedge: sow, plant, divide

Sedge or sedge: sow, plant, divide


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Sedge or sedge ...

The sedge is a superb plant of which there are nearly 2000 perennial species, more or less hardy, cousins ​​of grasses, close and at the same time very different from each other. In short, it is not easy to bring everything together in a single file. But we will try. They are generally plants which form spikes, erect or hanging, at the end of erect stems. Sedges are often quite invasive. And their leaves and flowering vary from bronze to white to green to pearly and again to purple… Carex sempervirens also resembles the reeds of basins and rivers. The leaves are thin and sharp and the stems have the particularity of having a triangular section.

Botanical name:

• Carex spp.

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Persistent or lapsed
• Hardiness: Hardy plant (up to -28 ° C)
• Family: Cyperaceae, Cyperaceae
• Harbor : Upright stems
• Exhibition: Sun to partial shade
• Ground : Any fresh to light soil
• Sowing: January to April
• Plantation: Spring and fall
• Multiplication: Spring
• Flowering: April to June-July
• Fruiting:
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: Zone 6 see hardiness maps: France or Quebec
• Origin: Temperate zones of Europe, Japan, New Zealand
• Honey plant: No
• Edible plant: No

Particularities:

• Inflorescence in spikes
• Very rapid growth.
• Erect habit (tuft) and erect or drooping spikes.
• Sometimes invasive.

What are the advantages of the purple dead cutter garden?

• Easy installation in the garden.
• Quickly forms beautiful tufts.
• Low maintenance.

What exhibition?

Sun and partial shade

What soil?

• Any type of soil, cool.

Method of multiplication of sedges?

• By seed
• Division of tufts

When to sow sedges?

• Sowing under warm shelter (20 ° C) during the winter months from January to March and April

How to sow sedges?

• Prepare a box filled with soil for seedlings.
• Water.
• Return the sedge seeds to the surface.
• Cover with seedling soil.
• Tamp with a small board.
• Keep moist until rising.
• When the seedlings are a few centimeters tall.
• Transplant them in pots to strengthen the plants.
• Fill the cups with soil for planting.
• With a pen tip or a finger, make a hole ...
• Place a sedge seedling.
• Pinch the soil with your fingers to fill in the gaps and that the seedlings are well maintained.
• Water and keep the soil moist (not wet).
• When the seedlings have developed well they can be replanted in the garden.

When to plant sedge?

• Plant in the spring from March to May or in the fall from September to November.

How to plant sedges?

• Prepare the soil by working it halfway up the spade, in order to obtain a nice, even soil.
• Dig a hole a little larger than the root ball of the container.
• Scrape the edges of the root ball to free the roots.
• Amend mature compost soil *.
• Place the plants in a bucket.
• Pay attention to the cultivated species to keep the distance between the plants.
• Fill with soil from the garden.
• Firmly press down with your foot.
• Water

A word from the amateur gardener:
As already mentioned, there are many, many varieties. And while most sedges prefer rich, rather cool soil, it is important to carefully refer to the directions for the ones you have chosen to plant in your garden. Indeed, some sedges can grow at the edge of the basin and will require a rich and humid soil, others are satisfied with a lighter soil.

When to divide the sedge?

• In spring.

How to divide sedges?

• Sedge divides easily.
• Divide the root ball in 2 in the spring.
• Using a fouche-spade, go under the stump to lift it, damaging the roots as little as possible.
• With a sharp, disinfected knife, cut the stump. (You can also use a clean, disinfected spade)
• Replant.

Maintenance of sedge:

• At the end of winter, remove the dried leaves to let those of the future spring develop without constraint.

Flowering sedges:

• Flowering of sedges occurs from April until September .

Varieties:

• Carex sempervirens: our photo, it is sometimes found in the altitues of medium mountains. It appreciates relatively poor soils and cool but drained soils. It forms an upright tuft with flowers in spikes 50 cm high.
Carex berggrenii: Small sedge, forms cushions with coppery brown leaves. Slow growing, 25 cm high. Cultivate in cool soil.
• Carex buchananii: It is a sedge with very fine red leaves forming a dense tuft of 50 cm in height, with an upright habit. It grows in all soils and appreciates the sun. Remove any flower stems that would tend to weaken the plant. Its foliage can be copper or green (veridis).
Carex comans: Sedge with a drooping port, a variety of great longevity and very rustic. It appreciates the sun and can be planted in all types of drained and non-stagnant soils. it forms a tuft of 50cm and can be bronze or green in color.
Carex dipsacea: Laiche with upright tuft 70 cm high and evergreen. The leaves are bright olive green turning tan in winter. This sedge appreciates cool soils and sun to partial shade.
(…)

What to plant with a sedge?

• Here is a plant of which all the species are sufficient on their own to accompany each other ... But mixed with bamboo and also with ornamental garlic

Use :

ATa garden: in massif, in rockery, in embankments… Some varieties accept wetlands.
• Without garden:
In a large pot of 40cm and at least as much height it is possible. Be aware that these perennial and vigorous grasses require very regular repotting.

Photo picked on wikipedia.org by Benutzer: Griensteidl under Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Quick sheet:


The heuches will enhance your massive, borders, planters or can be used as ground cover. Heucheres appreciate cool, well-drained soils. If your soil is not very fertile, add compost. If their leaves are dark (like purples), they will prefer a sunny exposure, otherwise plant them in partial shade.

Heuches are plants very rustic, they do not require a lot of maintenance. Water regularly, especially after planting. In summer, straw if necessary. Regularly cut the stems of faded flowers. At the end of winter, cut back the tuft of foliage to help its renewal. Add compost in spring and fall.


The Carex hachijoensis can be planted in many situations: in a massive, in driveway edge, even in planter.

For the Carex hachijoensis “Evergold” in a pot or planter, it will be necessary to ensure that the soil is always a little wet, but not excessively.

The color of its foliage allows it to be associated with other darker colored plants such as Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens', Heuchera micranta ‘Palace purple’, Imperata cylindrica ‘Red baron’, Festuca glauca, etc.

You will thus create a interesting contrast in your garden and the plants will enhance each other.


Carex oshimensis Everillo ® - Oshima sedge

Grasses with drooping habit. very bright lemon yellow foliage. Spring flowering in small upright brown spikes. Adult size: 30 x 40 cm. Sun, partial shade.
2 liter pot.

Carex are a genus of grass comprising hundreds of species native to all corners of the world. They are interesting for their great diversity of foliage shapes and colors, and are therefore the grasses of choice for a colorful garden! The Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ or Oshima Silt Everillo ’has evergreen lime-yellow to tender green foliage. Its particularly vivid evergreen foliage brings a touch of color to the shaded areas of the garden. It has a drooping habit and reaches 30 cm in height by 40 cm in width at maturity. In very good growing conditions, Carex ‘Everillo’ can even reach 50 cm in width! This Sedge flowers in early spring and reveals small upright brown spikes. Its luminous color will be perfect to bring color to your beds.

Like many plants in Asia, Carex are hardy plants and this one will withstand temperatures of -15 ° C

Planting and maintenance of Carex Everillo ®:

The Carex ‘Everillo’ will do well in not too hot, slightly sunny and partial shade. It appreciates cool to moist soils, but slightly drained. Be sure to bring it freshness during dry summers.

Ideal for bringing a touch of color to your garden. To be planted at the edge of a bed, in a pot or in combination with other colorful plants such as the "Red Baron" Imperata.

Planting density: 9 / m²

Interview: Remove dead leaves from the base of the plant at the end of winter. After a few years, if your Carex has too many dry leaves, you can divide the clump and clean it. This will have the benefit of rejuvenating your plant and thus stimulating the production of new foliage.

Enjoy a palette of different shapes and colors while discovering our others Sedge !


Video: How to cut back and prune ornamental grasses after winter