How to Grow Orchid Grass

Overview

Orchid palm grass traditionally grows in the forests of India and is widely used as a healing herb. According to Ayurvedic medicine, the leaves and roots can be used to treat chronic fatigue, bronchitis, indigestion and gonorrhea. It is also considered a powerful aphrodisiac. Orchid palm grass grows long, slender leaves up to 1 foot tall and can tolerate partial shade environments. Every day from July to mid-August, orchid grass produces one tiny, yellow flower at the base of its leaves. This elegant plant does well as a potted addition to any home or office.

Step 1

Find a small clay or plastic container with adequate drainage. Orchid palm grass prefers to be root bound and does well in containers slightly larger than its root base.

Step 2

Fill pot with 50 percent orchid bark and 50 percent peat moss and thoroughly mix together.

Step 3

Use your hand to make a small indention in the soil and place your orchid palm grass in the center. Cover the roots with dirt and eliminate air pockets by pressing down on the top of the soil with your hand.

Step 4

Water your plant immediately after planting. Pour water over the dirt until it runs out of the bottom of the pot. Stick your finger in the dirt every few days to see if your plant needs water. If the dirt feels dry, water your plant thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Step 5

Apply a light mixture of orchid fertilizer three to four times throughout the growing season. Follow the label directions exactly so as not to burn the roots.

Step 6

Increase the humidity near your orchid grass by placing a tray of water near its base. Fill the tray with river stones or decorative marbles for an elegant touch.

Step 7

Place your plant in an area with partial shade. Too much direct sunlight and excess heat will damage your plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Peat moss
  • Orchid bark
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Tray

References

  • American Orchid Society: Orchid Basics
  • Purdue University: Orchid Palm Grass
  • Nature Products: Curculigo Orchioides
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.