Pampas grass – plant, care, cut
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Are you looking for a highlight for your garden? Then pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is just right! The perennial ornamental grass impresses with its combination of filigree leaves and bushy flower panicles. Another plus point: pampas grasses are undemanding! As the name suggests, they come from the wide grass steppe plains of South America, the pampas. The ornamental grass is used to a landscape that has a medium rainfall and is moderately warm. It doesn’t take more to thrive. Cortaderia selloana – also known as American pampas grass or silver pampas grass – flowers white to silver. The grass is particularly pretty in combination with smaller perennials such as sedum plant, purple bells and lady’s mantle. Meanwhile, there are also other colored varieties such as the ‘Rosea’ variety, which gives your garden a pink eye-catcher.
Garden calendar – garden work all year round Even if the weather and plants often determine which work is due when: With our tips and tricks you will receive a timetable month after month so that your garden blooms and flourishes.
Planting pampas grass: that’s how it works
So that the pampas grass has enough time to prepare for its first winter and to take root, it is best to plant the perennial in a sunny spot in the garden between March and August. In the first year after purchase, a bucket is also possible, from the second year the pampas grass should then be planted in the garden, as it grows strongly. Loosen the soil before planting and add gravel or sand, depending on the density.
to. Since pampas grass needs nutrient-rich soil, you should add organic fertilizers such as compost to the soil.
If necessary, you should add organic fertilizer such as compost to the soil. After planting, the grass needs to be watered well.
become. If you are planning several grasses next to each other, you should keep a distance of at least 60-100 cm between the plants. This gives the grass enough space to spread out.
Pampas grass care: information on fertilizing and watering
The pampas grass does not tolerate too dry or too moist soil in the long term. Therefore, it is important to water the plant in the first year of planting for good growth as follows: Generally water the pampas grass as if it were in a heavy downpour.
.The root ball must be well moistened. Then do not water for several days or weeks, depending on the weather.
It is fertilized between spring and summer during the flowering period. The grass needs nutrient-rich soil for the flowers to develop. To do this, work several handfuls of horn shavings or a long-term fertilizer into the soil, depending on the size of the ornamental grass.
Hibernate pampas grass
In our latitudes and depending on the type of pampas grass, the actually hardy plant often needs winter protection to survive the cold months. You don’t have to protect the grass from the cold as much as from the winter wet. Fortunately, natural protection against cold and moisture is easy to implement: Simply tie the stalks of the plant very closely together. This works best with several ropes. The lower part of the pampas grass should also be surrounded with a warming layer of leaves, brushwood or fleece, for example, to protect the plant there from the damp and cold.
Adobe Stock / cceliaphoto Pampas grass is an absolute eye-catcher in the garden with its bushy flower panicles and filigree leaves.
Cutting pampas grass: this is how it works
The best time to cut back the pampas grass is in spring. Then the plant no longer needs the stalks to protect itself from the cold. Cut back the old shoots about a hand’s breadth above the ground, making sure that the new, green shoots do not fall victim to the scissors. You should also wear gloves when doing this gardening because the leaves have sharp edges.
Pampas grass in a pot: what you need to consider
Good news for lovers of pampas grass who don’t have a garden: the ornamental grass can easily be kept in a pot. Smaller varieties such as the ‘Pumila’ variety are best for this. The following is important when it comes to care in the tub: The ornamental grass must be watered regularly and provided with fertilizer (preferably organic) except for the winter months.
(preferably organic) are supplied. However, waterlogging must not arise, for this reason you should provide the selected bucket with drainage.
Mistake. If the pampas grass stays outside in winter, it is advisable to wrap the bucket with bubble wrap and tie the stalks together. This protects the plant from excessive cold and moisture. Alternatively, the plant feels very comfortable in light and frost-free rooms in winter.
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