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How to grow pampas grass in containers

Updated February 21, 2017

Tall-growing pampas grass thrives in warm weather and many people like growing it in containers. Container growing controls the direction that this fast-growing grass expands and keeps it from overwhelming a garden. Whether growing a small section of pampas grass to put on a sunny patio or filling a large urn to enjoy the ornamental tops, container growing will give you the look and control you want.

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  1. Select an area to place your container. Look for a spot in your garden where the grass will receive full sunlight.

  2. Pick a well-draining container for your grass. The pot should be at least 45 cm (18 inches) in diameter.

  3. Fill one-third of the pot with a mixture of potting soil and compost. The ratio should be 50/50.

  4. Place the root ball in the pot. Fill the pot to the rim with the potting soil and compost mixture. The root ball should be completely covered and not protrude from the top of the pot.

  5. Water the grass thoroughly until you see water streaming from the bottom of the pot. Water the plant weekly in the absence of less than 2.5 cm (1 inch) of natural weekly precipitation.

  6. Fertilise the grass when you first plant it. An all-purpose 10-10-10 fertiliser is ideal.

  7. Stake the plant to support its growth. This will only be necessary when the plant is young and needs a little strength. Drive a tall wooden stake in the ground. Tie the grass to the stake loosely with a 15 cm (6 inch) strip of cloth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Pampas grass
  • 10-10-10 fertiliser
  • Stake
  • 15 cm (6 inch) cloth strips

About the Author

As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay and the co-owner of a renovation company, Monica Patrick has firsthand knowledge of small business operations. Besides start ups, she has extensive skills in recruiting, selling, leadership, makeup artistry and skin care.

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