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Wintering pampas grass in a bucket - How to do it right

If you have planted pampas grass in a bucket, you have to do a lot so that it can survive the winter. Because too much moisture alone can cause great damage.

Pampas grass needs some protection in winter The pampas grass from South America is one of the most popular ornamental grasses for us. Because this beautiful plant can not only be placed directly in the bed, but can also be cultivated very well in the tub. If you choose the last variant, you have to consider a few things. In its original environment, pampas grass is e.g. not used to moisture, as the weather there is usually hot and dry. Accordingly, when caring for the tub plant, it is also important that you protect it from too much moisture, especially in winter. Speaking of winter: when wintering in the bucket, there are of course a number of things to consider. Here is a brief overview.

How to properly overwinter your pampas grass in a bucket


The first step is to find the ideal location for the ornamental grass. In any case, the place must be sunny to partially shaded and above all protected from the wind, which is why it is best to place the container plant directly on the wall of the house. Ideal is e.g. also a covered area, because then no damage can be caused by too much moisture.

Protect roots from frost:

In a bucket, the roots of the pampas grass are not so well protected from the cold. You could easily freeze to death in winter. The increased moisture in the cold season can also be very difficult for the plant. To protect the roots from frost in winter, it is advisable to wrap the bucket in bubble wrap. Place the bucket on a polystyrene plate so that the ornamental grass is protected from the cold from below. If it gets extremely cold in winter, you can also wrap the pampas grass completely in a fleece or place a bamboo mat around the bucket. If necessary, you can also place the plant in a cool room. But definitely not in the apartment, because it would be much too warm there.

Protect straws:

Unfortunately, many plant lovers make the mistake of cutting back the pampas grass in autumn. However, this can be fatal because water can then penetrate into the hollow stalks, which can quickly lead to rotting. So stay away from the secateurs! So that the long stalks are protected, you should rather tie them loosely.

Water / fertilize pampas grass in winter:

The ornamental grass also needs water in winter. After all, the root ball must not dry out. So, water the ornamental grass a little on frost-free days. But not too much, because the Pampas grass can't stand waterlogging. Therefore, a drainage layer made of expanded clay or gravel is always recommended in the lower area of ​​the bucket. On the other hand, you don't need to fertilize the ornamental grass in winter.

Preparation for spring:

As soon as spring comes, you need to cut the pampas grass back to about 20 cm. So it can sprout again with full force.