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Pampas Grass, Cortaderia selloana

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Common Name: Pampas Grass

Type: Ornamental grass

Family: Poaceae

Zone: 4 to 10     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 10 feet

Width: 6 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: fall

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained to dry, acidic

Leaves: deciduous

Deer resistant: Yes

This grass, once established, could stop a runaway tractor trailer. Be sure that you are selective with your spot because removal is not really an option. This grass is awesomely awful, therefore it made the list. This grass should be used as a screen to block out neighbors but never in front of the house or at the ends of driveways. The blades are like razor-wire, therefore removal is treacherous. Pampas has some of the biggest, most beautiful plumes, often tricking people into planting it in the wrong place. Pampas can get 10 feet tall and dwarf can still reach 6 to 8 feet. Take a look at our 12 Ornamental Grasses for Landscaping


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-12T20:27:32+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL