Care for Maiden Grass

Overview

Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis), easy to care for and pest- and disease-resistant, is a warm season, clumping grass that will not spread. Maiden Grass grows in spring and summer, blooms in late summer to fall and goes dormant during winter. The silvery-white or pinkish-white panicles persist through fall and winter. Maiden Grass grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in an upright to arching form, depending on the variety. Foliage ranges from medium to dark green, and some varieties have gold or cream-colored stripes.

Step 1

Buy Maiden Grass from a trustworthy nursery locally or online. Keep the grass in a partially shaded area until you are ready to plant it in the spring.

Step 2

Choose a location with evenly moist soil in full sun. Maiden Grass will tolerate occasional flooding and moderate drought. Use a rake or hoe to remove grass, weeds and rocks from the soil before planting.

Step 3

Dig a hole with the shovel twice as wide as the pot and about 6 inches deeper. Slide the grass out of the pot, set it in the planting hole and put some of the softened soil back in the hole. Ensure the grass will be at the same level in the hole as it was in the pot.

Step 4

Use your hand or foot to push soil around the roots of the grass and tamp down firmly. Do not mound the soil up around the grass. Spread the remaining soil evenly around the clump of grass.

Step 5

Spread a layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep around the grass and water thoroughly. Water the grass every other day for three to four weeks or until roots are established, then decrease the watering to once every two weeks.

Step 6

Cut Maiden Grass with pruning shears to 6 inches high in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. Wrap a rope, bungee cord or duct tape around the clump of grass 18 to 24 inches above the ground for easier cutting and disposal of the grass.

Step 7

Divide and transplant Maiden Grass in the spring. Use a shovel or spading fork to break or cut the root ball of the grass into several pieces. Immediately replant the divisions following the above steps.

Tips and Warnings

  • The species Miscanthus sinensis is considered invasive in many areas of the United States. Other varieties of Maiden Grass are available for purchase.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
  • Rope, bungee cord or duct tape
  • Shovel or spading fork

References

  • University of Missouri: Ornamental Grasses
  • University of Minnesota: Miscanthus Ornamental and Invasive Grass
  • University of Florida: Miscanthus sinensis

Who Can Help

  • University of Missouri: Ornamental Grasses
  • Ohio State University: Miscanthus sinensis
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About this Author

Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.