How to care for a corkscrew grass marshland plant

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Corkscrew grass, known botanically as Juncus effusus spiralis, is a perennial wetland plant prized for its exotic-looking, curling form. Corkscrew grass grows best on the edges of marshes, ponds and water gardens where the soil is frequently flooded; it can also be grown indoors as a houseplant. Grow corkscrew grass outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 10.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Balanced fertiliser
  • Pruning shears

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    Keep the soil moist at all times. It is usually not necessary to water corkscrew grass that is growing on the edges of marshes or ponds. Water container-grown corkscrew grass as frequently as necessary to maintain moist soil.

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    Fertilise container-grown corkscrew grass once a month with a half-strength solution of a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser used according to label directions. It is not necessary to fertilise marshland or pond corkscrew grass unless an agricultural extension office soil analysis report specifically calls for it.

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    Cut marshland or pond corkscrew grass to the ground in the winter to promote vigorous growth the following growing season. This is only necessary if you live in a warm climate; elsewhere corkscrew grass will freeze and die back on its own. Trim container-grown corkscrew grass as needed, to control its size and shape, or to encourage branching.

Tips and warnings

  • The spread of corkscrew grass is quite vigorous. If you're planting corkscrew grass in a pond or water garden, plant the grass in a submersible container to control its spread.
  • Allowing the soil that your corkscrew grass is planted in to dry out can quickly kill the roots of your plant.

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