How to Grow Basket Rush


Basket rush (or Juncus textilis Buchenau) is a perennial, wetland plant. The tufted herb has pale green culms and is stiff and rigid. It is usually found in drier or fluctuating wetland sites like desert playas, because it can handle flooding and drought. The grass-like plant is often found in parts of California, especially Santa Barbara and Riverside Counties.

Step 1

Clip stems and leaves to 6 to 10 inches before planting. This lets the plant spend more of its energy on root production.

Step 2

Store plants in a cool location prior to planting. Keep the roots moist by watering every 2-3 days or keep them in a container of water until you've put them in the ground.

Step 3

Plan to plant the basket rush outdoors in the late fall, after the first rains occur in October or November. Expect it to bloom between May and June.

Step 4

Choose a location with moist soil. If there is standing water, that's fine as long as it's limited to a couple of inches.

Step 5

Dig holes with a trowel. They should be large enough to fit the rootballs, which will be approximately 4 inches in diameter. Place the containers in each hole to judge their size then put the plants in the holes and cover with soil.

Step 6

Allow roots to become established for several days. You can tell if the roots are taking hold by looking for new growth such as leaves. Once that occurs, saturate the soil.

Step 7

Add a water-soluble fertilizer to encourage reproduction and plant growth. Mix the concentrate with water as per the manufacturer's instructions, and apply every 2-3 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers or garden shears
  • Trowel
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • USDA

Who Can Help

  • Guide to Fertilizer
Keywords: Basket rush, Juncus textilis Buchenau, perennial

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