Black Mondo Grass- Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens
Growing, selling and propagating Black Mondo Grass.
I’ll give you a little inside baseball. This is a hot, hot seller in our members area, but I rarely see it offered there. Inside the Members Area We have a Buy/Sell Area where members buy and sell plants to and one another. I have no idea how many plants have been bought and sold in private little area, but it’s in the tens of thousands of dollars worth. That I know for sure!
But this plant? More people should be selling it, that I know for sure.
This plant has huge selling opportunities on the wholesale market because there just aren’t that many people offering it wholesale.
It does okay in zone 5 but should thrive in zones 6 through 10 for sure. It grows for me in zone 5 but winter is always a bit iffy. The ones in the ground, in grow beds seem to do fine. That means that I’ll leave in the ground until spring then dig and pot and sell them both retail and wholesale in spring summer and fall.
Propagating Black Mondo Grass is easiest done through division and it’s done exactly the same way that we do Variegated Liriope. I did a tutorial on propagating Variegated Liriope, You Can Find that Here.
I like this low growing easy to care for plant. Since it only gets about six inches tall and wide it can be used in a lot of places where other plants can’t.
I really like Black Mondo Grass but I’ve yet to use it properly in my landscape. Because it’s so dark in color it tends to get lost in the bed. Unlike Variegated Liriope that you see planted in this same bed the Mondo Grass does self propagate. That can be good thing or a bad thing, depending on where you use and what you are using it for.
I thought that by mixing it with the Liriope I’d get a nice contrast and I have. But as is often the case when you mix plants they grow to different sizes at different rates and it’s just not keeping up with the Liriope which had a head start. So . . . since this stuff likes to self propagate I am going to buy more of it and plant it all in a large bed at the nursery. That way I can dig and divide and always have an Endless Supply of Plants to Sell.
Black Mondo Grass really works best when planted in mass plantings or used as a border. And since it does spread keep that in mind as you decide where it is going to be planted. The tiny lavender flowers appear in mid summer. They are not prominent but they are so delicate that you can’t help but appreciate them.
Black Mondo Grass is not really an evergreen, but the foliage does last all winter until it is replaced with new growth in the spring. It’s said to be deer resistant, likes some shade, and it’s not real fussy about soil conditions. It seems to do well in zones 5 through 10.
If you had a bed of Black Mondo Grass you could simply dig them, divide them and Sell the Divisions in Our Members Area, pot some up in a small liner pot and offer them to other wholesale growers, or pot them in one gallon containers and sell them to landscapers and garden centers.