Cylindrical imperate Red Baron (Red Baron, Red Baron): winter hardiness, photos, descriptions, reviews

The Cylindrical Emperor Red Baron is used by amateur gardeners to give a beautiful look to the site.

The variety is distinguished by unpretentiousness to weather conditions and care, has decorative characteristics, and also grows well, which facilitates reproduction. Red Baron belongs to perennial cereals.

Description of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron

Due to the specific shape of the leaves of a rich red hue with clear lines, the cylindrical imperata (imperata cylindrical) was called "red lightning", and due to its Asian origin, it is sometimes called "Japanese bloody grass".

The cylindrical impera grows up to 30 cm in height, and sometimes it can reach 0.5 m. The stem is straight, the leaves are narrow and tough, with pointed ends.

During the flowering period, which is observed in mid-spring, it throws spikelets up to 15 cm long. The silvery fluffy ears create an interesting contrast with the leaves.

The cylindrical impera red baron is an exclusively ornamental plant. The leaves, due to their rigidity, are unsuitable as animal feed and bird nesting.

Important! It is necessary to be extremely careful and careful when contacting the imperate, as you can injure yourself on the tough leaves.

The root of the cylindrical imperate is actively used in cosmetology (as a moisturizing component). The root extract of this plant is able to saturate the skin with moisture in the shortest possible time, as well as provide the cells of the body with calcium.

Also used in tropical countries for brewing.

Decoctions from impera are used to treat the respiratory system, digestive tract, and also to strengthen the immune system. The broth has a hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, expectorant and diuretic effect.

The use of the Red Baron emperor in landscape design

Landscaping planning is a responsible process that must be approached consciously.

Due to its neat and well-groomed appearance, the Red Baron is gaining more and more popularity for landscaping both in single and group plantings.

A photo of a cylindrical emperor in an autumn landscape is presented below.

The cylindrical impera is suitable for decorating not only private yards and backyards, it is also used to decorate parks and squares, and lawns.

Photo of the imperas cereal with stones in landscape design.

Photo of the application of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron in landscape design.

Photo of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron in combination with coniferous plantations.

In group compositions, the cylindrical imperate looks great with feather grass, juniper, elderberry, cypress, millet, hornbeam, primrose, dahlias, as well as brightly colored roses.

In compositions with perennial deciduous shrubs, Red Baron can be combined with heather, elderberry, hawthorn, lilac, endorseum, euonymus, wild rosemary, abelia, jasmine.

In single compositions it looks great against the background of a green lawn.

A photo of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron in a single composition is presented below.

A separate place is occupied by planning your own reservoir and decorating it with the help of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron.

Reproduction methods

Imperata cylindrical Red Baron is propagated in various ways: by seeds, seedlings and vegetatively.

In areas with a temperate climate, seed germination is low, so it makes little sense to grow a crop in this way.

If there is a desire to plant the Red Baron with seeds, then in late March - early April, they clean (remove weeds and debris) and loosen the area in a sunny place. Slightly moisten the soil and lay the seeds directly on the surface, sprinkle on top with a small layer of dry earth. As needed, water and thin out the seedlings.

Growing seedlings is considered a more reliable way. To do this, at the end of March, take a pot with a volume of at least 1 liter, as well as nutrient soil. The seeds are spread on the soil surface at a distance of 4 cm, while slightly pressing them into the ground. Water gently from a spray bottle. Then they are covered with a film to create a greenhouse effect, while not forgetting to periodically ventilate. Required air temperature 25 ° C and diffused lighting. When the first shoots appear, the film is removed.

Before planting in open ground, the seedlings are hardened for 10 days. They are planted at the moment when stable warm weather is established. Seedlings are placed at a distance of 35-40 cm from each other.

The vegetative method consists in dividing the root system in an adult bush. The procedure is carried out in the spring, when the soil is moist enough. Carefully dig out the bush and separate part of the root from it. Dig a hole 20 cm deep, apply mineral fertilizers and compost. The separated root is planted at a fairly close distance (since it grows very slowly). Sprinkled with a fertile layer of earth, tamped, watered abundantly and mulched with a thick layer of compost or peat. Care must be taken to ensure that the ground does not dry out.

If everything was done correctly, then a new bush will appear in a month.

Vegetative propagation of the cylindrical emperor Red Baron is shown in the photo.

Planting and caring for the cylindrical Emperor Red Baron

Based on the fact that the cylindrical emperor Red Baron in temperate latitudes does not have the property of actively multiplying, then it can be planted without worrying about other cultures.

Recommended timing

The optimum temperature for growing the cylindrical imperate Red Baron is from +22 to +27 ° C.

For areas with harsh climates, pre-planting in containers is practiced.

Site selection and soil preparation

In order for the Emperor Red Baron to receive the maximum amount of heat and light, it is necessary to plan a landing on the southern or western part of the site.

Placement in partial shade is also possible, but it is desirable that the plant be illuminated by the sun for several hours during the day.

Important! With a lack of sunlight, the leaves will not produce a coloring pigment, which will affect the decorative effect of the culture.

For planting a cylindrical imperial, light loam, sandstone, which have such properties as the absence of moisture stagnation, excellent ventilation and ease of processing, are suitable. The acidity of the soil should be in the range of 4.5-7.8. The most important thing is the availability of high-quality drainage.

How to plant correctly

Before planting, the Red Baron empires dig spacious holes in the open ground, which are twice as large as the roots of the seedlings (about 20 cm). The bottom must be mulched with compost, and mineral fertilizer is poured on top.

Carefully place the seedling in the hole and cover it with a fertile layer of soil, carefully watered and tamped the ground. The soil around the seedling is mulched with compost or peat. The thickness of the mulching layer is at least 3 cm.

Growing rules

To grow a beautiful Red Baron Emperor on the site, you must adhere to the rules of cultivation and care.


During dry periods, the Red Baron is regularly watered. To check the moisture content of the soil, they carefully deepen into the ground by 5-10 cm. If the topsoil is dry at a depth of up to 2 cm, the impera is watered.

The cylindrical imperate has no special requirements for air humidity.

Top dressing

Provided that the cylindrical impera has been planted correctly, no additional feeding is required.

At the beginning of spring, it is necessary to fertilize with potash fertilizers, and in the fall to add compost. It is advisable to feed with organic and complex mineral fertilizers several times during the growing season.

Preparing for winter

The cylindrical impera Red Baron has high winter hardiness. Up to -26 ° C it can winter outdoors without shelter. But it is better to insulate the plant with peat or mulch from dry leaves and cover it with an old blanket on top.

In colder climates, the impera is grown in containers and brought indoors in winter.

Every year, in the fall, the impera is pruned 10 cm from the ground.

At the end of the growing season, the plant is mulched. If there are green shoots on the Red Baron bush, then they must be cut off.

Periodically, old bushes rejuvenate: they dig up and remove all old shoots to the roots.

Important! When caring for the imperate, wear rubber gloves, as the sharp leaves can damage the skin.

Pests and diseases

Cylindrical Impera Red Baron is resistant to diseases and pests.

Due to stagnant water, the most common plant diseases are fungal infections. Disease prevention is a properly chosen planting site, good drainage, and timely watering. To get rid of the disease, they are treated with fungicides, for example, Quadrix, Fundazol, as well as other antifungal drugs.

If the impera plant does not take root for a long time, this means that it lacks moisture.

If the leaves of the imperate do not turn red, the reason is that the plant has insufficient lighting.


Cylindrical Impera Red Baron is a rather unpretentious plant. For growing on the site, you will need to make a little effort and the result will not be long in coming.

Reviews about the Emperor Red Baron

Elena Pushilova, 48 years old, Moscow
I planted a cylindrical Emperor Red Baron at a summer cottage in the Moscow region last year. Immediately the seedling started well, and then the growth stopped. I read the information about the culture and this year I will pay more attention to watering and will definitely wrap it up for the winter. I really want to admire such beauty in the country!
Karina Ermolaeva, 54 years old, Kostroma
I do not have a cylindrical emperor Red Baron on the site, but I saw it at my friends in the country and was very eager to plant it. Before buying, I decided to read articles on the Internet and reviews. There is enough information about culture, so I would venture to plant it in my dacha.
Margarita Smeshko, 48 years old, Kharkov
After reading the review and looking at the photo, I decided to plant the cylindrical Emperor Red Baron in my summer cottage. I think it will. Our climate is warmer than in the Moscow region.
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