Can you keep an ornamental grass as a houseplant?

Can you keep an ornamental grass as a houseplant?

Which types of ornamental grass are suitable

Most of the ornamental grasses used for planting gardens are too warm and dark in the home. But a few specimens are suitable as house plants. Here is a selection:

  • Cyprus grass
  • Fountain bamboo
  • Buddha-bellied bamboo
  • Umbrella grass
  • Silver Mondo grass
  • Flutter rush
  • Love curls

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Location in the living room

Whichever ornamental grass you choose, the location you choose should be as bright as possible. A place right by the window is ideal. It is important that the ornamental grass is not exposed to drafts and that it is not exposed to dry heating air in winter. All rooms with a window are suitable, but above all:

  • bathroom
  • Kitchens
  • living room
  • Office space

Caring for the houseplant

Most ornamental grasses that are suitable as houseplants need a high level of humidity. It is therefore worth not only watering them regularly, but also spraying them - especially on hot summer days. Preferably use stale (low-lime) water in a watering can!

Ornamental grasses should also be fertilized at home from time to time. It is sufficient to fertilize them sparingly every 2 to 4 weeks during their main vegetation period between April and September. Conventional liquid fertilizers for green plants can be used for this. Coffee grounds and cooled herbal teas are also suitable for fertilizing the ornamental grasses.

Pests, overwinter and repot

Repotting and overwintering are also part of the maintenance. In winter you should offer your ornamental grass a warm place that is not directly above a heater. Check the plant regularly for pests such as scale insects. The spring between February and March is a perfect time for repotting.


You are welcome to put your ornamental grass out on the balcony from March / April to September. It is happy about the fresh air and the portion of sunlight. But slowly get your ornamental grass used to the direct sun!

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