Reed Grass- Calamagrostis

General information
The Calamagrostis is a medium height ornamental grass with a tight, upright growing habit. In the summer the Calamagrostis produces beautiful straw yellow flowers. These continue strong and tall throughout summer. This plant is about 170 cm high and about 60 cm wide. The Perfect Garden range only includes the variegated variety of the Calamagrostis, namely the ’Overdam’. This reed is characterized by its white variegated leaves and straw yellow flowers. It grows quite rapidly in the spring and can be quite easily trimmed back annually.

How do I care for my Reed Grass?
Calamagrostis can be planted between spring and early autumn. Repotting or transplanting can be done only in early spring. It is recommended to add fertilizer and extra water when potting and transplanting this plant. Extra organic type fertilizer can be added about 2-3 times per year.

When does Reed Grass flower?
This type of grass flowers between August and October and produces light brown flowers. The sun dries out these flowers after which the wind disperses them. The plant has dense growth that also looks beautiful after it has flowered. 

What is the best location for variegated Reed Grass?
This Grass occurs naturally in the Northern Hemisphere and is used to moist to wet locations, so it makes sense that this plant loves a damp environment. This variety is actually naturally found bordering water’s edges. The Calamagrostis grows best in full sun, but does need copious amounts of water.
How should Calamagrostis be pruned?
This ornamental grass can be pruned quite hard in February or March, down to 10-20 cm above the ground. After this, it will produce new growth. Before you know it, this plant will grow quite high again.
Can this plant be grown on balconies as well?
Calamagrostis can be planted in a large trough or pot. Make sure that this plant gets enough water and is not affected by heat or bright sun. A well maintained Calamagrostis makes an ideal balcony plant!
  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Damp and humus rich soil 

  • Moisture levels:
    Very damp

  • Location:
    Full sun

  • Height:
    To 160 cm

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    In February/March: Prune back to 10 cm above the ground

  • Fertilizing:
    2 to 3 times per year

  • Flower:
    Straw yellow florets

  • Trivia:
    A mature Calamagrostis can be divided into two plants. This grass plant will take a little while before it regains its full, round shape after this.

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