Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 8 to 12 inches
Mature Width: 1 to 2 feet
Sunlight: Part sun to full shade
Flower Color: Brown but not showy
Flowering Season: April to July
Foliage: Green with clean white edges
Soil Condition: Average to wet soil
Water Require: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed shade border, mass planting. deer resistant, tolerates heavy shade and wet soils.
Does Not Ship To: CA, WA, OR, AZ
Carex Ice Dance is a dense, spreading sedge (grass) growing to 12 inches tall and is grown for its foliage effect. Features grass-like, stiff leaves (1/2″ wide to 12″ long) which are dark green in the center with clean white borders. The moderate spreading habit of this sedge (most sedges are clump-forming) facilitates covering woodland areas as a groundcover. Brownish flowers in late spring are insignificant. This sedge is evergreen in the South, maintaining a good appearance in both summer and winter, but is not evergreen in northern areas, although some foliage color will persist through the winter, but it will need cut back in the spring. Carex Ice Dance will brighten a shady area. Adds soothing movement to the garden when foliage dances in the breeze.
Planting Carex Ice Dance:
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Carex Ice Dance plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener’s best friend and can help guarantee your success.
Watering Carex Ice Dance:
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Carex Ice Dance a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
Fertilizing Carex Ice Dance:
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Carex Ice Dance in the very early spring and again in mid summer after all new growth has hardened off and it begins to set flower buds. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is the best product to use at the time of planting. Our ideal fertilizer schedule for you to use is as follows. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Flower-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen and potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and stem growth. Follow this up with another early summer application of Espoma Flower-Tone, this will again provide the necessary nutrients to promote a flush of beautiful flowers. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid soft growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.
Mulching Carex Ice Dance:
We highly recommend that you mulch your Carex Ice Dance with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or base of the plant.
Pruning Carex Ice Dance:
Remove the old flowers of Carex Ice Dance as they become brown and unattractive. This procedure, called deadheading, encourages the carex plants to produce new foliage, keeping your plant looking attractive throughout the season. Cut back yarrow to within 6 inches of the ground after it has finished flowering. In colder northern climates, cut it back as one of the last chores in your garden before the snow flies. In warmer climates, cut it back in the spring before it begins to grow but only if neccesary due to winter damage. Cutting back will promote new growth, giving you a healthier plant.
FOR FLOWERING PLANTS, WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE BLOOMS AT ALL TIMES — Photos provided are for informational purposes only. They do not necessarily represent the exact size or shape of the plants being purchased as plant sizes are constantly changing, whether its from new growth, or after being trimmed, or from going dormant in winter. Plant sizes vary from one crop to the next and from one season to the next. Please remember these are living things. Photos shown are generally full grown plants that have been planted and grown to full size in the landscape.