One of the prettiest medium size fountain grasses, Karley Rose looks great in any garden habitat you want to plant it in. It is especially appreciated when morning or evening sunlight shines on it from behind as the feathery fronds and seedheads seem to glow. Soft fuzzy pink plumes nod on the end of slender stems with dark green leaves, providing a soft background to bright colorful perennials or annuals. Karley Rose even looks great in a large patio container as an upright thriller companion for a wide selection of annuals.
Native to Asia as the Latin name indicates, P. orientale is one of the hardier grasses for cold winter regions in Zones 5-9. It is also one of the earliest to bloom, as well as being a fast grower once planted. There are many reasons to include Karley Rose in your garden this spring. Harsh winter region gardeners can enjoy Karley Rose as an annual where it will quickly grow to size instead of taking years to mature. Flowers arrive on the scene in late summer and last for several months, then persist as seed heads well into fall. Birds are attracted to their seed heads. This grass will generally not reseed itself, remaining tidy in the garden.
Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass Care
Pennisetum requires a well draining soil, but from there, it is an easy care perennial. Average to fertile soil is generally preferred, with an acidic to neutral pH range of 5.8 to 6.2. Water every week when first established, then only when natural rainfall is less than one inch per week. Karley Rose is drought tolerant once established. Coastal gardeners will appreciate its salt tolerance. Fertilization is generally not needed, but should you feel your soil is too poor, add a thin layer of well composted organic material. Karley Rose will flower best when planted in full sun.
Deadheading is not necessary and will not affect the production of flowers. Pruning is generally not needed. Remove any dead or yellowed stems or leaves down to the soil and cut clump down to a couple of inches in early spring before new growth emerges. In marginal cold winter areas, an application of a good quality mulch will help to protect the root zone. Mulching throughout the season also helps to reduce pressure from weeds, making this truly an easy to care for perennial.
Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass Spacing
Space your plants about 24 to 36 inches apart. This gives the plant the room to spread out. The footprint of your Karley Rose will be small, but it will grow to 40 inches tall and the top will fountain out to 36 inches wide, creating the waterfall look that is so sought after by gardeners. Whether you plant in masses as a beautiful landscape border, or as an accent plant in your garden bed or patio container, Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass is destined to become your favorite perennial grass in your garden this spring.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.