Red October Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' PP26283
Deep green foliage with red highlights in spring, red deepening in fall, turning bright scarlet red with first frost. Has burgundy red seed heads in late summer and persist into winter. Upright, grows 5 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide.
For new plantings
1. Dig a hole one and a half times wider than the plant's container
2. Place plant in hole, keeping the top of the root ball ground level
3. Back fill with dirt
4. Water thoroughly and then mulch around the base to conserve moisture and reduce weeds
New plantings require more frequent watering than established plants. Wind, temperature and soil are factors to consider in watering.
Feed plants in early spring and again in early fall with an all-purpose fertilizer, following label instructions.
To care for an Andropogon plant, start by planting it in full sun and soil with decent drainage. Water regularly to keep the soil moist and fertilize once a year or as needed. Pruning and removing dead foliage is recommended to keep the plant healthy. Ensure the plant receives plenty of sunlight to thrive. Staking may be necessary for taller varieties. In colder zones, it may need winter protection. With proper care, Andropogon can bring beauty and texture to any garden.