Water Requirements for Grasses.




Ornamental Grasses..

Water requirements?

Drought tolerance is often a natural appeal to native ornamentals and flowering plants.

Water requirements may vary from species to species, and region to region, but one of the great attributes of these natives is the drought tolerance an established plant or field offers.

(Plant tags should let you know about the basic needs, from sun/shade, soil conditions, water and other needs.)

Other than moisture for new transplants, reasonably situated natives free gardeners from the tedium of this care giving stage for plants.

Sometimes the challenge may be to much moisture in the garden.

These plants can often form a part of the solution.

Many natives do well in moist or overly wet soils. This is particularly true for rushes, sedge, cat-tails and certain restios.

I know my natives grow taller and more lush with extra water. Sorghastrum nutans, exceeds eight feet for me and most of my Panicum grow almost a foot taller with P.'Cloud nine' also exceeding eight feet.

Both are superior natives I would recommend for most regions and gardens.

If added height is what you desire, then a good deep watering is in order from time to time

New plantings require a drink more often than plants that have been in place for more than a year.

New plantings wear that 'NEW' moniker for the first year. After that, they should be established enough to dish out what nature has to offer

Once established, native ornamentals are as tough as anything you can plant in your gardens and require little.

Remember, when planting these and other plants in your gardens to plant like needs with like needs.

Sun or Shade, Moist or Dry, Soil conditions and location are all important for the health of most plants.

Remember this, a good, slow, deep watering may be in order from time to time. Most natives grasses have deep root systems and that is how God made them. Once established, they beat any introduced species hands down.

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