How Do You Dry Pampas Grass Seed Plumes ?

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How Do You Dry Pampas Grass Seed Plumes ?
Dry pampas grass plumes to have them in the off season. (Pampas grass image by Grits72 from Fotolia.com)

Pampas grass is cultivated for its feathery plumes. Female pampas grass plumes are much fuller and silkier than male plumes because they house the grass seeds. These ornate plumes last until the end of fall. But you don't have to say goodbye to them when the season is over. Pampas grass plumes are easily cut, dried and brought inside. In a vase, they make a beautiful dried flower arrangement that lasts for years.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening gloves
  • Vase

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prune the pampas grass plumes in October. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp grass blades. Cut the plumes at their base or to the length that you desire.

  2. 2

    Inspect the seed plumes for signs of insect infestation. If you find signs of insects, hang the pampas grass seed plumes upside down to dry in the garage or shed for two to four weeks. Inspect the seed plumes again before bringing them inside to make sure that the insects are gone.

  3. 3

    Place insect-free pampas grass plumes in a dry vase. They dry out while they are on display.

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