Growing and Caring for Red Fountain Grass
Ornamental grasses have found their way into the hearts of many garden designers, home and business owners. These grasses can give that much-needed flavor with a stylish appearance which is so amazing. I have work with some of them on many garden projects to create such pleasing designs.
I have seen red fountain grass used in my garden designs as I drive around the country, it is no wonder why these grasses are well-loved. The style in which they grow with a soft restful look as the leaves and the flowers is positioned in such a graceful manner makes this plant a must for your garden and landscape designs.
But what is even more amazing is the color that these grasses produce which is very showy and pleasing to the eyes. The red fountain grass has made a name for itself among ornamental grasses. In this article, we will be taking our journey into the world not of just any grass but the red fountain grass which I believe is simply amazing with its beauty that causes this plant to stand out in a garden design.
The planting location should be an area that gets full sun in order for this garden beauty to maintain its rich color. As when planting in groups give them their proper spacing because these grasses can reach a height of 4-5 ft with a spread of 2-5 ft.
The soil type should be neutral-acidic and also a soil that is well-drained. Adding organics will help to condition your soil.
These grasses are drought tolerant. Water your fountain grass twice a week, once they are established, decrease the amount of water they receive.
Fertilizing your fountain grass with a slow-release fertilizer will help supply it with the nutrients that it needs to encourage flower bloom.
As beautiful as deers are and as fascinated as you may be to see them know for sure that their presence is a sign that they are looking for a meal. If parts of your grass just suddenly disappear you may have a deer issue. Control measures include the use of deer repellents or electronic devices that can be purchased from your garden center or hardware store.
Garden insect pests of the red fountain grass
Be on the lookout for these garden pests.
Slugs and Snails
Slugs and Snails have no good intentions if you see them paying your fountain grass a visit move quickly and apply slug or snail bait to bring these garden pests under control. For more on the control of slugs and snails click this link.
Aphids and Mites
Aphids and mites as tiny as they are can do huge damage. These insect garden pests cause damage by sucking the sap from the blade. You may also notice spider webbing. To identify these garden insect pests continue reading by following this link. The use of insecticidal soap will bring these insect pests under control.
Diseases of the red fountain grass
Red fountain grass has its share of diseases but the good news is these diseases can be stamped out by following these methods.
- Powdery Mildew
Powdery mildew is encouraged by poor air circulation, and conditions that are humid and warm. The signs of this disease show up as a white-grayish powder substance that shows up on your plant or covers the leaves. This white-grayish substance is a fungus, to keep your red fountain grass healthy plant in a sunny location and provide air circulation by proper spacing of your plants. Also applying a fungicide may offer some help.
Overhead irrigation which makes the right condition will encourage rust, rust appears as blisters red-orange. These blisters are small but can be seen on the blades of grass. If this disease is allowed to persist the blisters enlarges, there may also be wilting and browning of the blade followed by death. As soon as your plant shows these signs remove the infected blades and properly disposed of them. To prevent this disease water your red fountain grass from the soil level.
Where to install the red fountain grass
Here are just a few places to install the red fountain grass.
- These grasses look great planted along a fish pond
- Can be used as a colorful backdrop in a garden bed
- Use them along a border
- looks great planted alongside a building
- What about installing them along a wall
- Planting them along a fence is a great idea
- A garden walking pathway makes the perfect spot
- Can be planted on either side of a driveway giving sufficient space from the driveway as they gracefully fall
- Install these grasses in containers and the containers can be placed on your porch or patio
Container grow red fountain grass
A great way to grow these grasses is in a container. The great thing about container gardening is the containers can always be brought to a more secure area during wintertime or adverse conditions.
Steps to growing red fountain grass in a container.
1. Choose a container that is large enough to accommodate your red fountain grass.
2. The container should have drain holes to allow excess water to drain.
4. Fill the container with this soil mix about more than halfway and install your fountain grass, add more soil to cover the root ball, and gently press the soil to stabilize your plant.
5. With a garden hose or watering can slowly allow water to run into the container until it comes out of the drain holes.
6. Once the soil is moist discontinue watering.
7. Allow the soil to dry out somewhat a bit before watering again.
8. Fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer. Before fertilizing read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.
A few additional information
1. Because these grasses spread as they grow when installing in containers it is best to install a single grass. Because if more than one grass is installed both types of grass will outgrow the container creating a cramp condition which is not good.
2. A sharp pruner or garden shares is great to have to help these grasses maintain their natural form.
3. When pruning the cut should be made from the inside or base of the plant removing the entire leaf blade. Pruning from the top, middle, or removing parts of the leaf will take away from its beauty making the leaf look chopped up.
4. These grasses can provide a home for wildlife.
5. This grass does not like the cold, it is not a cold-hardy plant.
The final word
The red fountain grass is an amazing plant that I love, out of all ornamental grasses this is my favorite. Be good to your garden and landscape by installing these grasses and take your garden to the next level as you bring that style and much-needed flavor which will give that WOW. The red fountain grass a grass that is worth the investment.