How to Plant Arabesque in Containers


Arabesque is variety of Miscanthus sinensis commonly known as Dwarf Maiden Grass. The Arabesque is an ornamental grass that forms a clump with green foliage and silver-pink plumes that develop in summer. This graceful perennial plant will stay green in a container until winter when it turns tan. The plant is hardy in USDA planting zones 5 through 9, but can be moved into a well-lit garage or porch for the winter in cooler planting zones. Clumps can be divided each spring to be planted in other containers.

Step 1

Fill the container to within an inch of the top to leave room for watering. Use a good quality, well-draining potting soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole the size of the container you purchased the plant in. If the Arabesque is being planted alone, place it the center of the container. If it's being planted with other plants, place it 3 to 4 inches away from the side of the container to give it room to grow.

Step 3

Place the container in an area where it will receive full sun. Water the soil thoroughly to help establish the root system. Water again when the top of the soil starts to dry throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Step 4

Use a slow-release fertilizer once you start to see growth and once a year in the spring thereafter. Follow manufacturer's directions on the amount to apply. Make sure the fertilizer is compatible with other plants in the container.

Step 5

Cut the foliage down to the soil level in late winter or early spring. This will encourage the new growth for the next growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container
  • Garden spade
  • Potting soil
  • Slow release fertilizer
  • Pruning scissors


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