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Virginia Wild Rye
Several things I've discovered along the way. Smaller plant specimens are much easier to get established than larger ones. The Eastern Wahoos Jan helped me get from the last plant rescue are from 2 to 4 feet tall. Digging them up certainly had an adverse effect on the root system. It's taking a lot of energy to get water up to the leafs. That's putting a bit of stress on the diminished roots. In the act of transpiration water moves from the roots up to the leaves where it is given up to the air. I cringed as I watched the Wahoo leaves wilt in spite of the large amounts of watering I've done. I decided to mist their foliage once or twice a day. That's seems to be making a huge difference. Perhaps that helps them conserve their moisture a little more while their roots grow enough. Before planting, I cut back the rescued Joe-Pye Weed, leaving only short stalks and large root masses. The idea is similar to the Wahoos in lessening the burden of transpiration. It is also encouraging the energy from the healthy roots to go into creating new growth instead of pumping water way up the stalk. I also cut back the newly rescued Virginia Wild Rye and Bottlebrush Grass plants to only a couple of inches. Dividing the Virginia Wild Rye into 16 individuals, I planted them on an eroding slope in the woods. The other day I noticed that half of them are showing new sprouts. Likewise, the Bottlebrush Grass clumps were divided into 9 plants and planted with only short stalks. Several days ago I saw the first new shoots sprouting from the Bottlebrush roots.
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One of our first native plants put in this spring, Prairie Dropseed, is now showing its first seed heads. I can just imagine how attractive this will be as it fills in next year. The seed heads blowing in the breeze will be spectacular. And now I see the Purple Love Grass also is showing some seed.
And two nights ago it rained and rained. Last night's forecast proved correct with even more. Thank you Lord. We really needed that.