How to Care for the White Fountain Grass
The white fountain grass was the first ornamental grass that I was introduced to many years ago since then I have learned about so many other ornamental grasses which are grown and made available for our use. The white fountain grass is another ornamental beauty that is worth our attention.
This grass has also earned its way on the list of ornamental grasses that has and is making an impact. I have seen these plants used on so many landscapes and garden designs as I drive around the county. The five-star resort where I was employed several years ago used these grasses on its grounds to create beautiful designs.
In my opinion, the white fountain grass once installed in groups gives a sense of the presence of water. Below, we will be looking at a few places these plants can be installed, with that said let’s discuss this ornamental beauty that has given amazing results.
An area that gets full to partial sunlight makes the ideal spot for your white fountain grass. These plants can reach heights of 4-5 ft.
The soil type should be soil that drains well, the use of organic soil mix is a good choice for drainage.
When first installed give your white fountain grass water twice a week. Once established these grasses are drought tolerant. Under extreme drought conditions if your fountain grass shows signs of stress then give them a drink of water.
Fertilize your white fountain grass with a liquid feed fertilizer during the growing season. I have seen fountain grass thriving without the use of fertilizers but it is good if you prefer to feed your fountain grass giving them the boost which they need.
Garden insect pests of the white fountain grass
Garden pests to keep an eye out for are.
Snails and Slugs
The white fountain grass is hardy grass but snails and slugs may pay your fountain grass a visit. To control these garden pests the use of snail or slug bites will offer some help. These garden pests will eat parts of your fountain grass.
Mealybugs are a garden insect pest that causes damage by sucking the fluids from the leaves of garden plants. The mouthparts of these sucking insect pests are like a hypodermic needle. With their needle-like mouth, they pierce the leaves and feed on the plant’s fluids. To bring these garden insects best under control the use of neem oil or insecticidal soap will help. Before applying chemicals read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.
Diseases of the white fountain grass
Keep a watch out for white fountain grass rust and root rot
- Root Rot
This disease shows up as a rust color on the stems and the leaves. Wet conditions will encourage this disease that’s why it is good that your grass has good air circulation. Proper spacing will help with this, also soil that drains well will go a long way in helping your grass not to contract this disease.
It is best to catch the disease at first sighting because this will ensure that your grass recovers quickly. Remove the infected parts and treat them with a fungicide. A sharp hedge shear is a great tool for this job. Sterilize your shears with bleach and water after each use to avoid the spread of this disease.
Properly dispose of the leaves which were removed. It is recommended to continue to remove the leaves until there is no trace or sign of this disease.
Remember fountain grass are drought resistant at maturity, these ornamental grasses can survive on very little water. Giving them more than the required water can bring on root rot. Discontinue watering and treating or drenching the soil with a fungicide may offer some help.
Ideas where to install the white fountain grass
Here are a few ideas on where to install the white fountain grass.
- Theses grasses look great when installing near a pond
- Can be used as a backdrop in a garden bed
- Goes great installed as a hedge
- Install them in groups alongside a wall
- Install alongside a fence
- Can be used as a foundation planting
- Looks great install in the area of a garden walking pathway
- Can be installed as a privacy plant
- Install them in a container and place the container on your porch or patio
Container grown fountain grass
A great way to grow white fountain grass is from containers. When growing these grasses from containers ensure that the container is large enough to accommodate your grass. The soil should be well-drained soil, adding organic soil mix will help with drainage. Ensure that the container has drain holes
Fertilize with a liquid feed during the growing season and follow the manufactures direction for proper use of fertilizers. These containers can be placed on your porch or patio in full-partial sunlight.
With the arrival of the colder months, you may notice that your fountain grass is changing color, not to worry, this is not a disease but rather your white fountain grass is beginning to go into a dormant period. The white to yellowish color is just a sign that your grass is about to take a long winter’s nap in preparation for the next growing season when it will bounce back to its former glory.
The final word
The white fountain grass can be used to create so many pleasing garden designs. These ornamental grasses are low maintenance and will fit right into your budget. If you are looking for a plant that will work wonders sprucing up your garden and landscaping area then I recommend this ornamental grass. The white fountain grass a grass that is easy to maintain while bringing that needed flavor.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.