Pampas grass is a popular ornamental grass that can be found in many gardens. It is easy to care for, but there are a few things you need to know to keep it healthy. Pampas grass needs moderate moisture, but should not be waterlogged. You should fertilize it regularly with a balanced fertilizer and avoid over-watering.
Types of pampas grass
Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a striking ornamental grass that can add vertical interest to the garden.
There are several types of pampas grass, with different growth habits and care requirements.
The most common type of pampas grass is C.
selloana ‘Jumbo’, which grows to 6-8 feet tall and has broad, sword-like leaves.
This type needs plenty of room to grow and should be planted in full sun or partial shade.
It requires regular watering and fertilizing, and can be mowed occasionally if it gets too tall.
Another type of pampas grass is C. selloana ‘Pumila’, which grows only 2-3 feet tall and has very narrow leaves.
This type does well in containers and can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
How to plant pampas grass
Pampas grass is a beautiful ornamental plant that can be used to add height and texture to any landscape.
It is a perennial plant that grows from a thick rhizome, and can reach heights of up to 10 feet.
Pampas grass prefers full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. It can be planted in the spring or fall, and will grow best in zones 9-11.
To plant pampas grass, dig a hole twice the size of the pot it is currently in.
Remove the plant from the pot and loosen the roots before planting it in the hole. Backfill with soil and tamp down lightly. Water thoroughly.
Once pampas grass is established, it only needs occasional watering during times of drought.
Fertilize once a year with an all-purpose fertilizer.
How to water pampas grass
If your pampas grass is in a container, make sure the soil stays moist but not soggy; if the soil is allowed to dry out, the leaves will start to turn brown.
During hot weather, you may need to water pampas grass more often.
If you live in a drought-prone area, consider using a drip irrigation system to provide your pampas grass with the right amount of water at the right time.
How to fertilize pampas grass
In order to fertilize pampas grass, you need to know the pH of your soil.
The pH should be between 6 and 7 for the fertilizer to be effective.
Once you have determined the pH of your soil, use a 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound per 1,000 square feet.
Apply the fertilizer in late fall or early winter so that it can work its way into the soil before the grass begins to grow in spring.
How to prune pampas grass
In order to keep pampas grass looking its best, it needs to be pruned regularly.
The best time to prune pampas grass is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. To prune, use sharp scissors or a hedge trimmer to cut the dead blades back to ground level. Be sure to wear gloves when doing this, as the blades can be sharp.