How to Care for Grass of Maiden

Overview

Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) is considered an ornamental grass and is the most common type grown in the residential landscape. Because it is allowed to grow tall--up to 7 feet in height--maiden grass adds texture, color and motion to the garden as it waves in the breeze. Grown in clumps, maiden grass requires little water and is resistant to pests and diseases.

Step 1

Grow your maiden grass in full sun.

Step 2

Fertilize maiden grass in the spring when it begins growing. If you have recently planted the maiden grass, apply 1/4 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer in May, June and August. Give older plants 1 cup of the same fertilizer once in May and again in late August.

Step 3

Water the maiden grass only during periods of extreme drought and after fertilizing.

Step 4

Cut back the maiden grass in early spring to a height of 6 inches. It is important to perform this pruning as early in the spring as possible to avoid removing new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • WalterReeves.com: Orn Grasses
  • The Garden Helper: How To Grow and Care for Ornamental Grasses
  • "Ornamental Grasses For Western Gardens:" Marilyn Raff; 2005
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in gardening-related topics and the real estate industry. She is a former broadcaster and real estate agent who has provided audio and written services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for Ancestry.com, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.