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How to Trim King Tut Plants

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

The King Tut is a tall grass plant with erect triangular stems and feathery leaves. Native to warm and wet regions, the King Tut plant is often grown indoors or near lake or river beds in warm climates. Like most ornamental grass plants, the King Tut requires very little pruning. The only trim that your King Tut plant will need in its lifetime is the occasional manicure to remove broken or unwanted stems.

Trim any King Tut stems that kink over at their base. Unlike drooping stems that will return upright with deep watering, stems that have drooped to the point of kinking or creasing will not recover. Compost the pruned stem or use it in a flower display.

Trim any King Tut stems that brown and die or appear insect infested or otherwise compromised. Make the pruning cut as close to ground level as possible. Compost or dispose of the King Tut stem. Do not leave it in the plant bed where it may lead to disease development.

Trim the King Tut down to ground level if it turns brown and dies in winter when temperatures fall below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. King Tut plants cannot survive winter temperatures. The plant will not come back next spring.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.