Growing Ornamental Grass from Seed in the UK

Ornamental grasses add texture, movement and interest to any garden and can be grown from seed with a few simple steps. Here's how to grow and care for ornamental grass in the UK.

  1. Choose the right location: Ornamental grasses prefer full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. They are low-maintenance plants that can thrive in almost any soil type as long as it is not waterlogged.

  2. Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil in the area where you will plant the grass seed, and remove any weeds or debris. If necessary, amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve the soil structure and fertility.

  3. Plant the seed: Sow the seed in the spring or autumn, depending on the species of grass you are planting. Sow the seed thinly and cover it with a light layer of soil. Water the area well and keep it moist until the seeds germinate, which usually takes 2-3 weeks.

  4. Care for the seedlings: Once the seedlings are established, they will grow quickly and may need to be thinned. Thin out the seedlings to the recommended spacing to allow enough room for the plants to grow and develop.

  5. Water and fertilize: Ornamental grasses are drought-tolerant plants but will appreciate a good soak of water every two weeks during dry spells. Fertilize the grasses every two to three months with a balanced fertilizer to keep them healthy and encourage growth.

  6. Prune: Prune the grasses back in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. This will remove any dead or damaged growth and allow the plant to grow back more strongly in the coming season.

  7. Protect from pests: Ornamental grasses are generally pest-free but may be susceptible to slugs and snails. To protect your plants, place a barrier of slug pellets around the base of the plants or use a slug-repellent product.

In conclusion, growing ornamental grass from seed is a simple and rewarding process. With the right care, your ornamental grasses will provide you with years of beauty and interest in your garden. Take a look at our range of beautiful ornamental grass seed varieties here.

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  • Graham Stevens on

    Very helpful re the ornimental grasses. I am aiming to grow various types from seed.

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