Cloud grass (Agrostis Nebulosa) is an Ornamental Annual Grass that forms misty billowing panicles of tiny cream flowers…very fairytale-like! This gorgeous grass is easy to grow with no fussing required! Here’s how I grow Mine…
If your looking for a whispy, etheral, dream like substance to your garden…then Cloud grass should be at the top of your list! This beautiful grass is spectacular when planted in drifts, giving the appearance of a delicate smoke blanketing the ground.
Cloud Grass Characteristics
Cloud Grass (Agrostis Nebulosa) is an upright, annual grass with slender, bright green leaves and airy, misty panicles of tiny cream flowers, which present from June to September. It can grow as tall as 18 inches and spread as wide as 12 inches.
Ideal For Container Growing
Yep! Cloud grass is happy to grow In the Ground and in pots! A great choice of grass for gardeners with limited space, place on balconies, in small yards, container gardens or even in window boxes!
A wonderful specimen for flower arranging adding a misty element to your displays. Use fresh stems or dry the grass in bunches and add to dried flower arrangements for everlasting bouquets!
How To Grow Cloud Grass
Can be sown indoors March-April
- Sow seeds thinly on the surface of moist fluffy compost (do not cover with more than 5mm of soil as they need light to germinate)
- Place on a warm windowsill and cover with a propogator lid or polythene bag until germination occurs. Germination can be erratic transpiring between 10-90 days…be patient :0)
- Plant out in clumps once all risk of frost has passed. * Be sure to harden off indoor raised seedlings first
What Does Hardening Off Mean?
Plants raised indoors or in a greenhouse environment, need to be acclimatised to cooler temperatures and increased air movement for about two to three weeks before they are planted outdoors permanently. This is a ‘toughening up’ practice to prepare the plants for their new environment.
How to Harden Off
Place your plants out for a couple of hours in a shady part of the garden. The next day, leave them out again for two hours, but this time allow the plants an hour of direct sunshine in the morning. Gradually continue to increase the length of time the plants are in direct sunshine over the course of roughly two weeks.
Can Be sown Directly outdoors April-May
- Sow seeds onto a prepared soil in a sunny spot which has been raked to a fine tilth
- Rake the seeds gently into the soil, but do not cover with more than 5mm of soil, we need the light for a succesful germination
Sun and Water requirements
Cloud Grass likes a full sun or partial shade position. Water regularly, more so during periods of drought.
Will Cloud Grass Self Seed?
Oh Yes! Cloud grass will self seed freely, throwing up new shoots the following spring! To avoid this, simply remove the seedheads or simply pull out the new shoots the following spring- *unlike other grasses cloud grass has a very shallow root system and is therefore quite easy to manage.
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