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Graceful Grasses Toffee Twist

Graceful Grasses Toffee Twist

Carex flagellifera

Carex

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General Information

Growing Tips:

Toffee Twist is a cool-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than five degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

In areas where winter temperatures remain above five degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful.Cool-season grasses put on most of their growth in spring before temperatures begin exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit and in the fall when temperatures cool down. They generally maintain good color through the summer but won't grow much when it is hot.
Cut back cool season grasses in very early spring.

Cool season grasses tend to look good even as the weather cools. Leave their foliage in place until spring and then as soon as the snow is gone cut them back. Leave about 1/3 of the plant in place. Trimming cool season grasses too harshly can irreparably harm the plant.

Divide cool season grasses in spring or early fall. Cool season grasses are actively growing in spring and fall. These grasses can be transplanted at either time of the year but early spring is probably the best time to divide. If you do divide them in the fall, be careful that the freeze/thaw cycles of winter don't heave the plants out of the ground, this happened to a couple of my coral bells last winter.

Exposure:
Part Sun to Sun
Height:
18-24"
Spacing:
18-24"
Hardy Temp:
5°F (-15°C)
Hardiness Zones:
7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Uses:

Great in combinations, especially fall containers

Features:

Slender, iridescent leaves offer an elegant sweeping, trailing habit. A coolseason
grass. Perfect thriller adding height and drama to any container.

Patent:
Carex GRACEFUL GRASSES® Toffee Twist

Cultural/Growing Information

pH:
5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method):
0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization Recommendations:
100-150 ppm
Rooting Out:
65-72°F or 18-22°C
Growing On:
65-72°F or 18-22°C
Holding Temperature:
40-50°F or 4-10°C
Light Levels:
Medium
Water Requirements:
MODERATE TO MOIST
Planting & Timing Information:

Spring through Fall Sales. Standard PPP.

Finish Time 4-5":
6-8
Finish Time 6"/Gallon:
8-10
Finish Time 8":
12-14
Pinching/Growth Regulators:

No pinching or growth regulators needed.

Pest and Disease Management:

Watch for rust. General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.

Grower Tips:

Mounded.

Winter Flowering:
No
Spring Outdoor Finish:
Do not move outside

Awards Won

    2011 - Top Performer
  • Kansas State University
    2011 - Top Performer
  • Kansas State University
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 - Very Good
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2010 - Very Good
  • Devonian Botanic Garden
    2010 - Very Good
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2010 - Very Good
  • Devonian Botanic Garden
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Powell Gardens
    2010 - Very Good
  • Devonian Botanic Garden
    2010 - Very Good
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Powell Gardens
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2010 - Top Performer
  • Powell Gardens
    2009 - Top Performer - Growers
  • Ohio State University - Columbus
    2009 - Top Performer summer
  • Michigan State University
    2009 - Best Friend Forever
  • Virginia Tech
    2009 - Top Performer - Late Summer
  • Michigan State University
    2009 - Top 10
  • University of Minnesota-St. Paul
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Longwood Gardens
    2009 - Leader of the Pack - Early Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Excellent Rating
  • Boerner Botanical Garden
    2009 - Best of Breed Winter
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Assiniboine Park Conservatory
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Excellent Rating
  • Boerner Botanical Garden
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Assiniboine Park Conservatory
    2009 - Best of Breed Winter
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer - Growers
  • Ohio State University - Columbus
    2009 - Top 10
  • University of Minnesota-St. Paul
    2009 - Leader of the Pack - Early Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2009 - Best Friend Forever
  • Virginia Tech
    2009 - Top Performer summer
  • Michigan State University
    2009 - Top Performer - Late Summer
  • Michigan State University
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Longwood Gardens
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
    2009 - Excellent Rating
  • Boerner Botanical Garden
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Assiniboine Park Conservatory
    2009 - Best of Breed Winter
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer - Growers
  • Ohio State University - Columbus
    2009 - Top 10
  • University of Minnesota-St. Paul
    2009 - Leader of the Pack - Early Season
  • North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2009 - Best Friend Forever
  • Virginia Tech
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
    2009 - Top Performer
  • University of Kentucky Arboretum
    2009 - Top Performer
  • Longwood Gardens
    2009 - Top Performer - Late Summer
  • Michigan State University
    2009 - Top Performer summer
  • Michigan State University
    2006 - Arboretum Approved
  • Dallas Arboretum
    2006 - Top 14
  • Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2006 - Arboretum Approved
  • Dallas Arboretum
    2006 - Top 14
  • Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2006 - Arboretum Approved
  • Dallas Arboretum
    2006 - Top 14
  • Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2006 - Top 14
  • Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2006 - Arboretum Approved
  • Dallas Arboretum
    2005 - Top Performer
  • University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 - Top Performer
  • University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 - Top Performer
  • University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
    2005 - Top Performer
  • University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners