Maintaining Shiver Grass - So water, fertilize, and hibernate it properly


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Shiver grass is a very easy-care ornamental grass, which makes little demands on location and soil. You also have to pay only a few things to care.

Cultivate shiver grass

Ornamental grasses are not only a pretty sight in bedding plantations, the decorative shimmering grass is also admired in the tub. A light breeze is enough to soften the thin blades and a sense of spaciousness and originality comes along.

Maybe you feel reminded of the steppes and prairies, but maybe you just enjoy the filigree and decorative appearance of the grass. Everything you need to know about cultivating one of the most beautiful ornamental grasses for your garden and patio is explained below. But first of all, we would like to introduce you to two beautiful grass grasses.

Some sedge grass species presented

Shiver grasses belong to the grasses. The genus Briza comprises about 30 different species whose distribution extends to Europe, Asia and America. In Germany alone Briza media occurs. Widely used as ornamental grass is the native of the Mediterranean type Briza maxima.

❍ Briza maxima - the Great Shivergrass:

These are annuals, which grow about half a meter high. The flat, yellow-green leaves reach a width of about five millimeters. The ears stand individually on the only slightly branched panicles. The heart-shaped ears can produce up to twenty flowers. The flowering time falls on the months April to June. In the Mediterranean, the Great Shiver Grass is common and grows along the edges of the road. Stocks are now also found in England. In Germany, the Great Shivergrass is not native.

❍ Briza media - the medium jittergrass:

The Middle Shiver Grass is also called Common Shiver Grass and is the only species of ornamental grasses that can be found in nature in Germany. The plant occurs in the Bavarian Alpine region at altitudes of 1,800 meters. The perennial has heart-shaped ears and the smooth, thin stalks can grow up to one meter high. The plant can be found on skinny pastures and meadows. On fertilized cultivated soil the plants do not thrive.

How to properly care for the shiver grass

Siting & Ground Conditions:

The shiver grass belongs to the grasses and is not a friend of moisture and moisture. Lean and dry soils get the ornamental grass best. It may appear contradictory at first that many hobby gardeners beautify their waters edge with shivering grass. If the shiver grass is not planted directly in the humid riparian zone, but in dry marginal areas, this is not a problem.

The plants need a sunny location. They thrive conditionally but also in partial shade. A planting of shivering grass is generally possible in beds and tubs.

Pour shiver grass:

In the field, shiver grass does not need to be watered regularly. In general, the rainwater is completely sufficient to provide the plant with moisture. If, on the other hand, long-term dryness prevails, you should check the soil and, if necessary, water it, because the substrate should not completely dry out.

On the other hand, potted plants need regular watering. In a sunny spot, you should not neglect the casting, because in a small planter, the nutrient supply is much lower than in the field.

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In general, the water requirement of the plant is classified as moderate. Watering should therefore be sporadic and not overly exaggerated.

Fertilize shiver grass:

Shiver grasses feel most comfortable in a lean soil. An excessive supply of nutrients would affect the growth and cause the stalks to collapse. Less is clearly more here. You should refrain from regular fertilization, as shivering grasses can not tolerate conventional fertilizers. Especially barren soil can be enriched with compost.

Cutting shiver grass:

While the Great Shiver Grass does not require any cutting measures as an annual plant, the perennial shiver grass needs an annual pruning. The best time for this is a frost-free day in the spring. Shiver grass should not be cut in the fall. The stalks form a natural winter protection and should therefore be left on the plant.

Withered inflorescences can be removed at any time. By no means should you cut into fresh shoots.

Hibernate the winter grass:

The shiver grass is hardy and requires no frost protection in the field. But that does not mean that you should leave the plant completely to yourself in the cold season. The soil should be checked every now and then, because it must not dry out.In addition, keep the stalks on the plant during the winter, because this ensures a pretty jewelry in the winter garden.

Container plants should hibernate in a protected location. A cover of leaves or brushwood protects the roots from frost and prevents the soil from drying out.

Detect diseases and pests on the shiver grass

Diseases and pests hardly occur with the Zittergras. If you follow the care instructions, the ornamental grass will turn out to be healthy and lush. Problems can only occur if you ignore the conditions of the grass and the soil has too much moisture. Because the roots can quickly start to rot in a wet substrate.

An important criterion for healthy plants is also the planting distance. There should not be more than six plants per square meter. If the stand is too close, the plants will hinder each other, prevent them from growing and mold can develop.

Use shiver grass as a dry plant

The blades of the shiver grass are doing very well in dry bouquets. The plant stands can be harvested for this in early summer. On the harvest day, the stalks should be dry and there should be no rain. Then hold the stalks together in bundles with a rubber band. Then the grasses are hung upside down to dry. This can be done in a dry, but not too bright place, for example in the attic.

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