This magnificent Pampas Grass plant thrives in full sun and hot climates. From ornamental grass seeds, it will take 2 or 3 years to bloom, but your patience is richly repaid by long-lived garden performance! Pampas ornamental grass grows fairly fast, so it is an ideal choice for filling large, barren landscapes. It will also grow thick creating an effective privacy screen, wind break or sound barrier. Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass has long, graceful blades and fluffy panicles that are beautiful. One of the favorite ornamental grasses, Pampas Grass is classic and offers both color and texture in the landscape.
Like most ornamental grasses, Pampas Grass is pest-resistant. It is also highly drought-resistant and, once established, never needs watering. It will grow in most soils and responds favorably to frequent fertilization. To obtain good growth and plume production, pampas grass should be fertilized with a complete fertilizer (6-6-6, 8-8-8 or 10-10-10) at a rate of two pounds per 100 square feet four times each year. Ornamental grass care also includes cutting out the brown, dead foliage in the late winter. Or, if significant frost damage occurs, the entire plant can be cut back to 2 feet from the ground. The grass blades are sharp, so care must be taken when pruning.
How To Grow Pampas Grass From Ornamental Grass Seeds: Cortaderia selloana seeds can be started indoors. Using a seed starting tray filled with a pre-moistened seed starting medium that drains well, place the ornamental grass seeds on top of the soil and gently press the seeds in. Keep the Pampas Grass seeds moist until germination occurs. The ornamental grass plants will need to be re-potted into larger pots as they grow. Some gardeners start the Pampas Grass seeds directly outside in the spring after danger of frost has passed. Prepare a seedbed, and press the seeds into the soil that has been worked into a fine tilth. Keep the ornamental grass seeds moist, and throughout the first growing season, water the grass with regularity. In subsequent years, Pampas grass will be drought tolerant. Typically, plumes will not form until the plant is 2 - 3 years of age.