How to grow Nolina nelsonii

Nolina nelsonii grow and care – herbaceous succulent of the genus Nolina nelsonii also known as Nelson’s Bear Grass or Blue Nolina, Nolina nelsonii perennial evergreen plant, used as ornamental plant and its drought tolerant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate in hardiness zone 8-12.

Leaves color green or green-blue in spear shape.

Nolina nelsonii flower

Flower color white to yellow, the flowers small and grow in beard shape.

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How to grow Nolina nelsonii growing and care:

Well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (sowing care explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 5-7, spring to summer in hardiness zone 8-10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger than the root ball, mix the soil with make it more ventilate and put small amount of organic matter, cover the soil lightly but enough that the plant will be stable, if there are a lot of rains, need to consider to elevate the plant above the soil, that the water won’t create winter puddle.

Pests and diseases:
Mealy bugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves and blooming stem

Size of the plant:
2-4m, 6-12 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water, don’t over water and let it dry between watering

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, container or clay pot that will be 70-100% bigger (not need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, after few years when the roots fill the container or the soil lose viability, need to switch the soil.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Summer / Autumn, but it will takes few years before it will bloom

General information about the flower:
White to yellow flowers, the flowers small and grow in beard shape

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Location with sun and better sandy or well ventilated soil and also good drainage is important

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place in room temperature

Sowing season:
Spring will be better but possible in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, in hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12+ all year, better in hot summer location not to sow in the summer

Planting spacing:
40-50cm, (16-20 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm, (0.25inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Germination time:
4-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Sun with moist soil and well ventilated soil

Scientific name:

Nolina nelsonii

How to grow Nolina nelsonii

Nolina nelsonii


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
  • Succulent
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9