How to grow pink pampas grass

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How to grow pink pampas grass
Pink pampas grass is low-maintenance once it is established. (Pampas grass image by Grits72 from

Pink pampas grass is an ornamental grass that is tall, with pink showy flowers. The green foliage grows a whopping 8 to 12 feet tall. A fast grower, this species is perfect for sunny locations because it becomes a massive plant quickly. Pink pampas is a late bloomer and will add much-needed colour to your garden in the late summer months. They'll last for months. If you leave the plants be, they will turn golden-tan in colour. You can also use them as cut flowers. Pink pampas grass grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10.

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Things you need

  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Pink pampas rhizomes
  • Water
  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    Choose a planting location that gets full sun or at least half a day in the direct sunlight. Pink pampas will also grow in the shade but will grow much slower and not produce the plumes it does in the sun.

  2. 2

    Dig a hole that is wider than the nursery container. It should be the same depth because the plant's crown will be planted at the soil surface.

  3. 3

    Space pink pampas plants 4 to 6 feet apart.

  4. 4

    Remove the plant from the nursery pot carefully, keeping the roots from ripping. Cut the plastic container off if necessary.

  5. 5

    Place the pampas grass in the centre of the planting hole. Fill in around it with the removed soil. Tamp down lightly to remove air pockets.

  6. 6

    Water pink pampas only during times of drought. It is very drought tolerant and does not need regular watering.

  7. 7

    Expect it to take two to three years for the plant to bloom.

  8. 8

    Fertilise pampas grass with a complete blend annually. This will encourage strong plume production and growth. Use a blend with a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratio of 6-6-6 or 10-10-10. Apply 0.907 Kilogram per 100 square feet of garden space four times annually.

  9. 9

    Prune dead and brown leaves and branches from the bottom of the pink pampas plants before new growth starts in the spring. Wear jeans and long sleeves as protection because the grass blades are sharp.

Tips and warnings

  • Plant pampas ornamental grass in coastal areas because it tolerates salty air.
  • Don't worry about pests or insects. You don't need to spray because they aren't usually a problem.
  • Do not plant pampas grass in areas near walkways because the leaves have sharp edges.
  • Avoid planting pampas grass near buildings because it can become a fire hazard once the leaves dry out.

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