Arundo Donax


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SKU: arundo-donax Category:
Common Name: Giant Reed
Size: 3 litre
Hardiness: H4
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Flowering period: September – October
  • Hardiness: H4
  • Eventual Height: 5m
  • Eventual Spread: 1.5m

Arundo Donax, also known as ‘Giant Reed’, a deciduous spreading perennial with bamboo like stout stems bearing broadly linear blue/green leaves,  topped by large panicles of purplish flowers produced during September to October. Ideal pond side plant which will also provide some Winter interest if stripped of its dead leaves during early Autumn, leaving the stout branches to sway with the wind. Also suitable for coastal planting.

Looking After Your Arundo Donax

Arundo Donax or Giant Reed as its often referred to, is an easy to grow and generally pest and disease free, a moisture loving plant, making this an ideal pond / stream side architectural feature. During the Autumn remove all the leaves, leaving the bear canes for Winter interest, then cut back to ground level early Spring to allow the new shoots to emerge, cutting back in this way will also encourage flowering. Any propagation required can be achieved by division late Winter / early Spring whilst still dormant. Feed with a good quality general purpose fertilizer early Spring at the beginning of the growing season.

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