Pompass Grass

June 30, 2007 3:12am CST
All you gardeners out there, I need some advice. We planted pompass grass a few years ago. How long does it take for it to bloom? They are getting quite tall, but no signs yet of the promised pink flumes. We are at the point of giving up and planting something else in its place. Could it be getting too much water? They look healthy enough. We bought 2 just in case it was necessary, beside it looks better with more than one. Any ideas on how to help it to bloom? I thought we would have seen it way before now.
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@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
30 Jun 07
Pampas grass - Pampas grass grows tall.
I have the same problem as you do. I planted pampas grass and it doesn´t bloom. It has grown nice and tall but I would like to know which variety it is. I do not even know whether it is pink or beige. There is different colrs of this grass but my grass does not do me the favor to show it`s color in blossom. Maybe next year, we will see.
30 Jun 07
I got ours from a mail order house. I don't have a clue as to what variety it is. I just wish they gave proper growing instructions with the order. Oh well, I guess we shall have to wait and see.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
30 Jun 07
Pampas grass likes lots of sun, which could be a problem living in Scotland! It also depends where you have planted it, as it grows very slow in a shady position, and will take a long time to mature and flower in that situation. Hope this helps.
30 Jun 07
Hi Abbey, we planted it in the front of the house which gets morning sun. Does it requireany fertilizer? Every one around here has the silver ones we are the only ones in town with the pink. I just wish they would stop being so shy and show themselves!
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
1 Jul 07
Hi spiritwolf! Generally, they prefer well-drained soil which has been enriched with compost or other organic matter. Do you make your own compost? That would be great for it. Just another thought - it's very important to make sure that the grasses you purchase are suited to your climate! If you bought them locally, you should be ok, as they obviously grow in your area without any problems.
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5 Jul 07
We had used compost when we planted them. We have a compost bin in the backyard which has been on the go for over a year now. Would it help to add more compost?
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@GardenGerty (102495)
• United States
30 Jun 07
The site I looked at indicated that Pampas Grass needs to be three to four feet across as well as eight to ten feet tall before it will bloom, but that is the giant variety. You may have a smaller one. The picture I found does not have pink blooms, but I have seen it growing with pink color. It needs consistent moisture and partial sun. My other guess is that if you fertilize your soil with lots of nitrogen, it is keeping it from blooming. A balanced fertilizer, or one with the middle number higher is more likely to help it bloom.
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30 Jun 07
Thanks for the information. That really helps. The place that we planted them is pretty moist so that isn't a problem. They get the morning sun but not the strong afternoon sun. I have yet to fertilize them. I don't think we have the giant ones.
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@ramaam (28)
• India
8 Jul 07
I think i have the answer to this problem because of late i have been planting 1000's of these grasses for my public beautification projects. They started blooming within 6 months of plantation. i will give you teh condition where they were planted . Full open place and abunduant sunlight. If you give them a shady place These grass tend to grow tall but end up without flowes. Pls dont add fertilizers. if you fertilize them especially those with nitrogen they tend to grow further . to make a plant flower you have to turn its vegetative phase to reproductive phase. Nitorgenous fertilizers add to vegetative growth and p & K fertilizers helps in flowering and root development. Here in your case stop watering immediately and create a artificial stress to the plant. As a nature's rule any living being will try to reproduce or make sure it leaves is progeny if is made to feel its going to dIe. similar rule for this. when you stress the plant the vegetative phase will automaticaly get shifted to reproductive mode and start flowering. Try and let me know .This is for both green and red pompass grass varieties. Good luck RAMAAM
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