Growing Pampas Grass

If you want to grow pampas grass, you need to know the growth requirements. The grass loves well drained soil that is rich in nutrients. To encourage germination, there is a need to soak the seeds in warm water for an hour.

Plant the seeds in pots and after 1-2 years, you can now plant it outdoors.

In South America, you can find many pampas grasses in the plain lands. The locals consider it as some sort of pest but a lot of people see it as an ornamental grass. You can easily recognize this because it forms a 4-ft wide clump. You can easily note the vertical, fleshy, and thick stalks, as well as the white, yellow, or pink fluffs on top. Dried flower decor usually makes of use of pampas grass. Growing the grass is really easy as compared to killing it especially when the condition is right.

How to Grow Pampas Grass?

You can grow pampas grass from seeds. Take the seeds and soak it in warm water. Leave it for about an hour to ensure successful germination. Get flower pots and fill them with soil mixtures. The grass prefers soil that dries fast. Avoid using soils that are heavy like clay and instead, pick one that doesn’t pack down tightly. You can create a mixture of potting soil, moss, and compost. Throw some perlite into the pot as well. After preparing the pots, you can now push the seeds down the soil. The seeds should be at least 3 inches deep.

You have to place the pots in areas where it can get full sunlight. The pampas grass doesn’t like too much rain. Monitoring the soil’s water content is very important to encourage growth. Place a finger into the soil and see if it comes out dry or wet. If your finger is wet, don’t water the plant; water it when your finger comes out dry. The grass should be fertilized every week. You can use the 15-15-15 NPK to provide nutrition to the pampas grass. After a year, the grass will be around 2ft tall. On the second year, you can now plant it in a bigger pot. The grass thrives in a sunny area, especially on the outdoors.

Pampas grass can live for more than forty years and in most cases, it can grow more than 12ft. This grass should be grown properly. Since the leaves have sharp edges, you can’t plant them near walkways. The skin can easily get cut if you’re not careful. The roots can rot easily, so you need to water it sparingly. It would be ideal to grow the grass if you have a large land space. As mentioned earlier, the grass is harder to kill. You can grow the grass without experiencing any difficulty especially if you’ve successfully germinated the seeds.

1 Comment

  • Mary Ellen Roos said on September 22, 2010
    WE have had pampas grass for 22 years with beautiful fluffs. This year, there are no fluffs. Why?


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