pampas grass | guide to grow, tips to take care

A brief overview

What is pampas grass, and how do you grow it? This plant is incredibly popular and easy to grow. Take a look at some of the tips below to start growing.  The sight of this item in front gardens in suburban areas was once dismissed as a 1970s excess. A couple of decades ago, the plant’s popularity plummeted, only to make a comeback in recent years. 

Many landscapes feature the attractive Pampas grass (Cortaderia). While pampas grass is relatively easy to grow, it is important to be aware before you plant it around the house. It is not a good idea to plant a tree just because it appears attractive.

The Best Way To Grow Pampas Grass

Growing pampas grass is easiest if you buy the plants as small plants ready to be planted. Some dwarf varieties can perhaps reach only 2 to 3 meters in height, so check the labels carefully to determine how high they grow. 

Make sure the area around the event is spacious. It is best not to walk along paths and avoid areas where children play because of the sharp leaves. The ideal location for this grass is in full or partial sunlight with moist soil (not soggy). You can help yourself by following these tips:

Upgrade for the season

It doesn’t matter where you live – even if you live in coastal California, where seasons seem like creations of the Northeast – your seasonal banquette creates a sense of celebration throughout the year. 

The stunning autumn spread created by blogger Sand Dollar Lane is subdued enough not to scream Halloween! In other words, harvest. (Well, there’s nothing wrong with some beautiful harvest-themed decorations). You can do the same with white-painted pumpkins,  vintage painted wire containers, and twine. Lastly, what is that pinnacle of excellence? 

Of course, it’s Pampas grass. It will add height to the tablescape and remind you of a field of wheat in Autumn.

Alive and Well

  • Several USDA growing zones in which Pampas grass will survive winter (and it is considered marginally hardy in zone 6).
  • The best conditions for Pampas grass cultivation are a sunny location (with at least six hours of direct sun per day) and good drainage.
  • If you want the pampas grass to achieve its beautiful statuesque appearance, space clumps evenly apart.

Fashion Glamour

Maybe the Australians already have a reputation for using these trend rights. Swedish furniture brand Fred International’s Melbourne showroom is filled with pampas grass and Hollywood glamour. 

A hot spot for sipping your favorite Hollywood cocktails, The Design Chaser spotted this amazing pairing. Imagine if you had coupled this wheat-like pattern with a bold pattern, brass accents, and velvet upholstery?

Make Your Wreath

The holiday season isn’t the only time to hang wreaths. A pampas grass wreath adds some sparkle to your door all year-’round, and it’s a wonderful way to honor the Summer solstice and the start of Autumn. 

You can show off your creativity by creating your wreath – and this Do-it-Yourself project from Beijos Events involves only a metal frame and plenty of pampas grass. The DIY looks great on a plain white door – and if you have a boldly colored entryway, you can tame it with some pampas.

Mantel Update

A fireplace mantel decoration can be tricky – especially if you’re fond of a dramatic design. A blogger found the perfect addition to his adobe fireplace by visiting Could I Have That. There’s just enough blush to give them a tone-on-tone look.

Pampas Grass: How To Grow It From Seed?

Seeds are available for growing pampas grass. You can sow them between February and April, starting them indoors.

  • In a seedling tray, plant the seeds 6mm deep. Cling film over the top of tray or place in a propagator or on a window ledge in a warm, sunny location. Twenty-one days should be enough for them to germinate.
  • Plant the seedlings in gritty compost as soon as they reach a size where they can be handled. Our guide has tips on how to transplant seedlings. 
  • As soon as frost risks have passed, the plants will become bushy and ready to be planted out in the summer. In finely raked soil, plant them in rows 30cm apart. 
  • Thin seedlings to 23 cm apart as they grow. Replant the ones that were removed.
  • New plants will take a few years to flower. 

What Is The Best Way To Take Care Of Pampas Grass?

Pampas grass can be scruffy in March and April, but its foliage lasts throughout the year. 

Using the best secateurs, you can trim away any dried leaves, damaged or dead from the dense tussocks beneath the plant. 

To protect yourself from cuts, wear gardening gloves (you can find the best gardening gloves in our guide). In addition to removing tatty plumes, you can also line bird nests with them around this period.

Pampas Grass: How Do I Dry It?

  • In late August or early September, cut the stems when the plant is in its first bloom. Harvest on a dry day, after the dew, has dried, after midday.
  • Using string, bundle up 3 or 4 stems. You can hang the loop from the loop.
  • Ensure that the air can circulate the bunch by hanging it upside down in a warm, dry space.
  • I want to leave for two or three weeks. 
  • You can display the plumes in a rustic vase or vintage glass carboy after the grasses are dry and fluffed out with your fingertips. To learn more about how to dry flowers, visit our guide. 

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