Giant pampas grass for sale – is commonly grown from a divided female plant done in the winter or early spring. Female pampas grasses are much showier than their male counterparts with fuller plumes of silk-like hairs blooming in summertime.
Once established, only minimal care and little maintenance would be needed by this plant. Pampas grass is a very fast grower and can become quite large reaching anywhere from 5 – 10 feet high and wide. Although, there are also dwarf varieties of pampas grass available. They are good to grow in coastal areas since they can tolerate drought, wind and salt sprays.
Here are the things you need to consider when buying to grow a pampas grass:
Location – Select an area in your garden with plenty of room for growth if you plan to grow more than one pampas grass. They will need to be spaced about 6 – 8 feet apart. Pampas grass will benefit in an area with full sun but will tolerate partial shade. If your area has hot summers, you can grow this plant in partial shade. Pampas grass cannot grow in very cold areas unless grown indoors which is impractical. Avoid placing it near structures or areas where grass fires are common because it is quite flammable.
Soil – Pampas grass will tolerate a wide range of soil but prefers a fertile, moist and well-draining one. Add some organic compost, manure or peat moss to the soil. It is best to work on the soil in the late spring and dig a hole around 15 inches deep and 17 inches wide. Remember to spread the root apart when planting your pampas grass.
Water – Water your pampas grass regularly and thoroughly until it is well established. You will only need to water it once every couple of weeks for its first year of growth. More frequent irrigation is needed during times of extreme drought.
Fertilizer – Although it is not necessary, you can give a balanced fertilizer after pruning the pampas grass to help stimulate re-growth. Feeding is done with high-quality garden fertilizer once a year to enhance its blooming.
Pruning – Pampas grass needs annual pruning to get rid of the old foliage and make room for new growth. Remember to wear leather gloves and other protective clothing to avoid getting cut as the foliage is tough and razor sharp. The best tool for pruning the pampas grass is a chainsaw or long-handled loppers. Cut through its leaves near the base of the plant in the late winter just before the plant begins sending up new foliage. Remove excess clumps on the sides to prevent overcrowding. Thinning is needed every 3 years.
Winter Preparation – Before the frost, you should tie the leaves of the grass together with a string to allow water to drain from the plant. This will lessen the shock during cold months. Cover the roots of the pampas grass with straw or additional layer of mulch before the frost season to avoid freezing and killing the plant in the winter.