Site preparation is essential for good establishment. Rhizomes are planted in the spring at 20-30,000 per hectare using semi-automatic potato planters or bespoke planters. It is vital that sites should be cleared of perennial weeds before any planting takes place. It is particularly important that the rhizomes are planted in a fresh condition, are kept moist and below 4oC from lifting until re-planting.
Miscanthus plantations need 3-5 years to become fully established and to obtain maximum yield level.