Stipa’s Pony Tails is a hit. It looks great in modern and traditional gardens. It also grows in a container. How to grow this ornamental grass?

Stipa Pony Tails is an ornamental grass that has been a real hit in recent seasons. It can be grown in borders or in containers. Even novice gardeners will succeed with this beautiful grass. We advise how to grow Pony Tails, when to sow and plant it, we also explain whether it can be overwintered and when to trim the “pony tail”.


Ornamental grasses are extremely modern. But among them there are species that stand out. One of the hits of recent years is Stipe’s Pony TailsIt is “horse tail”but is also known as “tail”. It is a grass with an extremely delicate appearance, and its official name is thin stick (Stipa tenuissima), which reflects its appearance well.

The leaves of Pony Tails are long and very narrow, and between them are shoots topped with delicate, threadlike blooms. They are creamy, with time they acquire a beige color. This grass grows up to about 60 cm in height, but it can partially overhang, which makes it appear lower. The big advantage of Pony Tails is that they wave beautifully even with the slightest breeze.

Stipa Pony Tails is easy to grow, but its basic requirements must be met. Most of all, it should Sun. Besides, he must have permeable soileven sandy, which does not have to be too fertile. Let’s not plant it on clay and waterlogged substrates, because it won’t do well in such conditions. It is worth knowing that it does not require fertilization, and you should especially avoid nitrogen fertilizers that will make it too lush and unsightly. Only young plants after planting may require watering (if it does not rain).

Pony Tails Stipa is an extremely versatile grass. Can be planted in compositions with flowerseg Echinacea, Patagonian verbena, ornamental yarrow and others that love the sun and do not require frequent watering. The wavy field also looks nice Pony Tails is sitting alone. It can be used independently or in the company of other plants grow in containerson balconies and terraces, but larger than typical balcony boxes (don’t forget that the soil must be permeable!).
Stipa looks great in naturalistic, romantic and English gardens, but it does just as well in modern ones, for example planted between stone slabs or in simple pots.

Stipe seedlings in the spring can be bought in horticulture, but also bought grow from seed (also self-collected). Sowing date Pony Tails is the end of February and beginning of March. In the beginning, it is necessary to provide the plants with a temperature of about 22 degrees, when they start to grow, it can be a little lower. They need light and slightly moist soil. Watch out for excess waterseedlings need to be watered moderately. Stipa is picked in individual pots when it has 3-4 leaves. We move it to the garden or pot in mid-May (harden it earlier). Occasionally the stumps will self-seed, but they are not a nuisance.

Ostnica is often grown as an annual plant in Poland, because its overwintering is not always successful. Frosts without snow, wet ground and strong winds are especially dangerous for him. So, if there is no snow, Stipa must be covered. It is also necessary to ensure that the soil is permeable and that water flows from it (don’t plant stipe in depressions). Let’s also choose a place protected from strong winds (gentle gusts are enough to cause waves).
If our Stipe grow in containers, they must be protected from frost (they can also be moved to a cold room).

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