How to Grow Ornamental Grass Indoors


Enhance the appearance of the interior of your home with ornamental grass. These grasses make an attractive addition to a home, adding color to a spot to enhance its appeal, and they spruce up an otherwise dull surrounding. Ornamental grasses are versatile and durable, which is why they grow well in indoor containers. Depending on the size of the container, grow a single grass type or mix different types to exhibit attractive color and create an interesting focal point.

Step 1

Fill your container two-thirds full with good-quality potting soil and place a large saucer under the container. Lower the seeds into the soil, spacing them 4 inches apart or as far apart as they will grow in height.

Step 2

Water the container with a watering can so the soil is completely soaked and the excess water drains into the saucer. Water the grass frequently the first year, ensuring that the soil remains evenly moist at all times, to encourage the development of healthy roots. Reduce watering to once or twice a week after the first year.

Step 3

Place the container near a window so it receives at least four hours of sunlight a day. Rotate the container every three to four days to ensure the entire plant gets equal sunlight.

Step 4

Follow label directions for feeding your ornamental grass with a slow-release 8-8-8 fertilizer in spring. Spray pests such as spider mites or aphids with water to deter them.

Step 5

Prune dying or old foliage, or excess foliage that grows out of the container, with bypass shears. These grasses grow vigorously and require frequent pruning to conform to their original shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Good quality potting soil
  • Large flat or saucer
  • Ornamental grass seeds
  • Watering can
  • Water
  • 8-8-8 fertilizer
  • Bypass shears


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  • Bluestem Nursery: Container Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

Who Can Help

  • Colorado State University: Ornamental Grasses
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