How to Grow Grass in a Pot


Grass grown in pots makes an interesting addition to the home. In fact, sometimes coffee and side tables are designed with spaces to insert pots specifically for growing thick lush grass that needs to be trimmed, much like the grass grown in your lawn. You can also grow ornamental grasses, such as feather reed grass, outdoors in large pots on a patio or deck. Often grasses grown in outdoor containers are grown as annuals. If grown indoors, they can be grown as perennials.

Step 1

Place a layer of gravel or a screen mesh at the bottom of the pot to help with water drainage.

Step 2

Fill your pot with potting soil. Do not reuse potting soil from another pot or plant. Leave at least 1 to 2 inches from the top of the soil to the rim.

Step 3

Sprinkle the grass seeds on top of the soil and then cover with an additional ¼ to ½ inch of soil. Follow the label instructions to know how many seeds to plant per square inch. Alternatively, plant nursery-grown grass to the same depth it was planted in the original container.

Step 4

Set the container in full sun and slowly water the seeds or grass until the water seeps out the drainage holes. Keep the soil slightly moist for the first season. Use a spray bottle with water to keep the seeds wet until germination.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen mesh or gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Container
  • Water


  • Colorado State University Extension: Ornamental Grasses
  • Graced with Grass
  • Colorado State University: Container Gardens
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Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.