Moving Pampas Grass: When Should I Transplant Pampas Grass Plants
By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Native to South America, pampasgrass is a stunning addition to the landscape. This large flowering grasscan form mounds around 10 feet (3 m.) in diameter. With its quick growth habit,it is easy to understand why many growers may find themselves asking, “Should Itransplant pampas grass?”
How to Transplant Pampas Grass
In many small gardens, one pampas grass plant may quickly outgrow the area in which it is planted.
Though the process of pampas grass transplanting is relatively simple, it is also quite labor intensive. Moving pampas grass or dividing it must be done early in the spring before any new growth has started.
To begin transplanting pampas grass, the plants will first needto be pruned. Since the grass can be relatively sharp, carefully remove thefoliage down to about 12 inches (30 cm.) from the ground with gardenshears. When handling pampas grass plant matter, it is always a good ideato wear quality gardengloves, long sleeves, and long pants. This will help to prevent injury as unwantedfoliage is removed before and while moving the plant.
After pruning, use a shovel to deeply dig around the base ofthe plant. Ideally, growers should want to remove as many roots as possible,along with any associated garden soil. Make sure only remove portions of theplant that are easy to handle, as the large plants can become quite heavy anddifficult to manage. This also makes moving pampas grass an excellent time todivide the grass into smaller clumps, if desired.
After digging, pampas grass transplanting can be completedby planting the clumps into a new location where the soil has been worked andamended. Be certain to plant the clumps of pampas grass into holes which areapproximately twice as wide and twice as deep as the transplant root ball. Whenspacing the plants, make certain to factor in the size of the plant when it hasreached maturity.
The success rate of transplanting pampas grass is relativelyhigh, as the plant is naturally hardy and robust. Water the new planting welland continue to routinely do so until the transplant has taken root. Within acouple of growing seasons, the new transplants will resume blooming andcontinue to thrive in the landscape.
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