If you have been wondering where to buy pampas grass plants, then you have come to the right place.
In this post, you will learn everything there is to know about buying pampas grass plants.
Let’s do this.
What is Pampas Grass?
Pampas grass (Cortaderia) is a cute ornamental grass very popular in landscaping.
It is rugged, tall, and good-looking.
Many years back, it was flowering in the rich South American plains. But because of its colorful ornamental properties, you find it beautifying lawns all over.
It can reach up to 10-13ft tall and spread around 6ft on the width with the exception of some dwarf variations which grows to just about 5ft.
Though Cream/white dominates, pink is available too.
Why you should Plant Pampas Grass
Pampas grass plants are much more than just eye-catchers
First, it matures fairly fast. So? Filling large and barren landscapes will no longer be a headache.
Then, It grows thick thus so you get an effective privacy screen away from prying eyes.
In the same vein, it’s a superb windbreaker and an effective sound barrier.
Is there anything else?
Its stems are very stiff plus upright and its leaves razor sharp so you as well have an effective natural fence!
As you would expect with ornamental grass, Pampas Grass is;
- Highly pest-resistant.
- Never needs watering.
In short, it offers a lot.
Before I come to your question where to buy pampas grass plants, I will shed light on a few more items…
How Fast Does Pampas Grass Grow?
Earlier on, you saw that this grass matures reasonably fast.
Well, Pampas grass is actually perennial. It goes dormant in winter and resumes growing during the spring.
This is the cycle:
Your plant germinates in the spring and will produce bulbs in the first year.
Flowering occurs principally in late summer (but for drier sites where it flowers much later)
So, when does pampas grass bloom?
Each season, the cycle repeats and in the end, it will bloom in around 2-4 years.
But your patience won’t be in vain- you will reap handsome rewards for up to 15 years (it’s maximum lifespan)
Golden Tips about Pampas Grass Growing
This is how you plant it.
- Choose a bright, sunny spot with light and well-drained soil which again does dry excessively.
- Leave 6-8 feet of spacing between your young plants on all sides.
- Till the soil well and add some organic compost/manure.
- Dig a sizable hole in your well prepared soil. For plants in gallon containers, dig about 17” wide X15” deep.
- Remove your plant from the container and massage its root ball so as to separate the roots. This makes it firm quickly and absorb moisture easily.
- Center the plant in its hole and cover around it with the prepared soil.
- Immediately water it well. Also, keep the soil balanced moist as your young plant establishes itself.
Once established, unless there’s drought, you will no longer need to irrigate it deeply.
All in all, it’s by far very easy to grow and can ,in fact, be invasive- that’s why some states have banned it!
Growing Pampas Grass from the seed
If you prefer this, Just sow your seeds directly into the prepared soil in spring (after frost goes).
- Remember it needs light to germinate so do it in a sunny spot.
- You can rake your soil lightly just before and immediately after sowing. Otherwise, your seed may be blown away or eaten by birds.
- Another option is to sow your seeds in containers somewhere conducive for a few months and then relocate them gradually to your garden after winter.
How Pampas grass is propagated
Usually, Pampas grass is propagated in spring. You slice the Pruned clumps through with your shovel and replant elsewhere.
Know that Pampas grass normally bears female and male plumes on different plants
Only female plants should be propagated. Luckily, they are the most common variety.
And you will notice them as they tend to be much showier
Pampas grass maintenance
You’re probably wondering:
“Does this require tons of hard work?”
Nope! Here comes the good news….
Once fully established, pampas grass requires minimal care- other than watering during extreme drought.
- Keep it sheltered: In heavy ice areas, shelter it.
- Pruning: prune it back by roughly 2-3 ft. every fall. To boost growth, cut it back just before it turns dormant. To inhibit growth, prune it after it goes dormant. Also be cautious when pruning as its leaves have razor-sharp edges
- Fertilizer: While not a must, giving it a dose of balanced fertilizer after pruning stimulates regrowth.
- Watering: Pampas grass can catch root rot, so avoid watering it excessively.
- Removal: Your grass can be tough to remove as the roots can grow extremely deep. It’s possible to dig up the roots by hand for seedlings and small plants but for larger plants, you might have to use heavy machinery.
Pampas grass zone
Climatically, the grass blossoms in USDA zones 7-11, but can also grow in well-protected zone 6 areas:
- Zone 8, going up
From this hardiness zone, there’s zero risk of damage from the winter temperatures despite that they can go below freezing to approximately15 F.
Pampas grass is very happy to flower here.
- Zone 7
Temperatures can drop to 0F. Pampas grass may do well, but winter temperatures can damage your grass unless you house it.
- Zone 6
Temperatures in this zone can reach -10 F and will potentially damage your grass- unless it’s well sheltered.
In this zone then, Pampas grass is categorized as marginally hardy.
We have already mentioned that it loathes cold regions (unless you are willing to grow it in containers).
That said, growing pampas grass in a pot can actually be fashionable…
Let me explain this next.
Growing pampas grass in containers
Let’s say you just desire a small section of this ornamental grass to install on your sunny patio or to fill a large urn so that you and your guests can enjoy an ornamental top…
Container growing will yield the look and the control you want.
Plus, it prevents it from overwhelming your yard or garden.
Hmmmh…..let me show you how you do it:
Choose where to place your pot. The spot should be well lit and sunny.
Select a well-draining container- at least 18” wide- for your grass.
Fill a third of your pot with a balanced (50/50) mixture of well-prepared soil and compost.
Place the root ball inside your pot then cover it completely with more of potting soil and compost. See to it that the root ball doesn’t protrude from container’s top
Water your grass thoroughly until water streams from the bottoms.
From there, Water the grass plant weekly in case there is less than 1-inch of natural precipitation (weekly).
Fertilize your grass when you plant it for the first time. The best fertilizer is the all-purpose 10-10-10.
When it’s still young, stake your grass to support its gradual growth. A tall wooden stake on the ground should be enough. Tie the plant to your stake loosely with a 6-inches strip of cloth.
Where to buy pampas grass plants
So, finally, where can you source this amazing plant?
Well, whereas you can get individuals and small firms selling Pampas Grass, my favorite vendor is Amazon because I have always received orders in good condition and on time..
E-bay also vends a few varieties of the product but I found the following varieties on Amazon quite interesting;
1. Pampas Grass Plants Cortaderia Selloana Blooms
This grows showy white 30” plumes over narrow, sharp foliage forming large clumps.
It will start looking good as soon as it flowers and will eventually transform your landscape into an irresistible natural-looking accented lawn
It comes in 15 chic trays of completely rooted 2-inch pampas grass.
- 15 count trays of 2” fully rooted grass
- Matures to 30-inches White plumes
- Plumes can be cut, dried and used as indoor flowers
- Excellent specimen and is usually delivered intact.
- Great for use in sheltered flower arrangements.
- It requires very little work as soon as it becomes well established
- Live every other pampas grass variety, this can over-run your lawn and invade unwanted spaces
If white is your color and you have been wondering where to get a resilient winter hardy ornamental grass, then this will make you forget your previous woes.
2. Pink Pampas Grass – Cortaderia selloana rosea – 4″ Pot
I believe if you can get a way of mixing white and pink, you would end up with the most appealing lawn in your entire neighborhood.
And that is where the large size pink pampas grass plant comes in.
Blooming exquisitely in USDA Zones 5-9, it adds texture and cute pink flavor to your landscape all the way from the blazing hot summer to frosty winter
- Colorful Pink plumes
- Potted 1-2” tall plants
- Hardy containers
- It grows exactly the way you like it- no complications
- Very easy to transplant
- You have a bonus of very clear, easy-to-follow planting manual
- You have to strictly follow the potting instructions otherwise you can easily damage it
When you want to create a unique look, you can go for this pink-Colored Perennial Specimen Plant for your Garden
It can rise to 6-12-inches and will be a wide ornamental spectacle
Factors to consider when buying Pampas grass plants
When deciding, check the following matters;
- Color of plumes
What color will it bloom? Aside from the dominant white, pink varieties are now available. So, what’s your favorite color?
Some come in pots while others prefer the seeds. I generally like my specimens in a container since seeds are much tougher to control.
- Which variety does well in your area?
You can study the neighborhood and see the variety that excels in your area rather than risking an unknown package.
- Reputation of the vendor
Whenever possible, I like seeking the opinions of my vendors’ past clients. In most cases, products from reputable vendors will always perform
Well, that was an insanely long post but I am happy that you now know where to buy pampas grass plants
I hope I have answered all your questions on successfully planting and caring for pampas grass plants
So, now it’s your turn…let me know what you feel about pampas grass plants in the comments section.
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