Sagging Purple Fountain Grass

I live in Ventura County in Southern California. Two weeks ago I planted three Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum Rubrum) in 5 gallon containers. When I took them out of their containers I noticed the root ball was rather dry, however the plants were standing straight up. Two of the three began sagging sideways within a day or two. The nursery I got them from suggested I put more water and B-1 on them, thinking it might be transplant shock. They are still sagging. Any thoughts? Thanks
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. Without being able to see your plants, I can't say what's wrong with them -- if anything is. I've never really known grasses to wilt; even when they get pretty dehydrated they tend to stay upright. So I'm wondering if the damage is maybe from impact --- like if a strong wind messed them up a bit or if an animal (such as a deer, dog, etc.) ran through them?

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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