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How to Plant Tiger Grass

Updated February 21, 2017

Tiger grass is a clumping perennial native to Southeast Asia. Many gardeners choose to plant tiger grass because it resembles bamboo. Its long stalks can reach up to 12 feet in height, and each plant is capable of spreading over a 6-foot area if not carefully pruned. This ornamental grass is easy to grow and just as easy to plant. Prepare the soil and pop the plant into the ground. Soon, tiger grass will fill out and become a centrepiece in your yard.

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  1. Loosen and turn the soil to a depth of 8 inches, using a shovel or hand tiller.

  2. Spread 2 inches of aged organic compost over the soil. Turn the soil a second time, to a depth of 8 inches, to evenly incorporate the aged compost into the soil.

  3. Dig a hole that is just as deep and twice the diameter of the container that the rooted tiger grass culm is currently growing in.

  4. Remove the tiger grass culm from its container. The easiest method is to cut the plastic container away with a pair of pruning shears. If you intend to keep the container or it is not plastic, loosen the soil by patting the sides of the container forcefully by hand. Grab the tiger grass clump by its base and pull it out. Do not force it. If it is stubborn, run a knife around the inside edge of the container before attempting to pull the tiger grass plant out again.

  5. Plant the tiger grass in the hole. The top of the tiger grass' root ball should be level with or 1/2 inch above the soil line.

  6. Water the planting area with a slow-running hose until the soil is wet 2 to 3 inches below the bottom of the plant's root ball. If water pools on the surface, slow the rate. Continue to water in this manner when the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil dries.

  7. Tip

    Plant neighbouring tiger grass plants 3 to 6 feet apart. One tiger grass plant can spread up to 6 feet in just a season or two. The closer the tiger grass is planted, the faster it will fill in the area.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hand tiller
  • Aged compost
  • Pruning shears
  • Hose

About the Author

Meg Butler

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.

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