Moving Pampas Grass: When Should I Transplant Pampas Grass Plants

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Native to South America, pampas grass is a stunning addition to the landscape. This large flowering grass can form mounds around 10 feet (3 m.) in diameter. With its quick growth habit, it is easy to understand why many growers may find themselves asking, “Should I transplant pampas grass?”.

How to Transplant Pampas Grass

In many small gardens, one pampas grass plant may quickly outgrow the area in which it is planted.

Though the process of pampas grass transplanting is relatively simple, it is also quite labor-intensive. Moving pampas grass or dividing it must be done early in the spring before any new growth has started.

To begin transplanting pampas grass, the plants will first need to be pruned. Since the grass can be relatively sharp, carefully remove the foliage down to about 12 inches (30.5 cm.) from the ground with garden shears. When handling pampas grass plant matter, it is always a good idea to wear quality garden gloves, long sleeves, and long pants. This will help to prevent injury as unwanted foliage is removed before and while moving the plant.

After pruning, use a shovel to deeply dig around the base of the plant. Ideally, growers should want to remove as many roots as possible, along with any associated garden soil. Make sure to only remove portions of the plant that are easy to handle, as the large plants can become quite heavy and difficult to manage. This also makes moving pampas grass an excellent time to divide the grass into smaller clumps, if desired.

After digging, pampas grass transplanting can be completed by planting the clumps into a new location where the soil has been worked and amended. Be certain to plant the clumps of pampas grass into holes that are approximately twice as wide and twice as deep as the transplant root ball. When spacing the plants, make certain to factor in the size of the plant when it has reached maturity.

The success rate of transplanting pampas grass is relatively high, as the plant is naturally hardy and robust. Water the new planting well and continue to routinely do so until the transplant has taken root. Within a couple of growing seasons, the new transplants will resume blooming and continue to thrive in the landscape.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel