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Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Plants for Sale Online
The Standing Ovation Little Bluestem, also known by its botanical name, Schizachyrium scoparium, is a fantastic grass perennial that has strong stems that can hold up to high winds and won't flop over. With its almost all-year-round interest, it provides various colors from June through November, with blooms starting from greenish blue slowly to a nice fall red.
Little Bluestem grass is a warm-season grass that is native to the prairies of North America. This perennial tolerates summer's excessive heat and drought well and can survive in most soil types. Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is the perfect grass to create year-round interest in your landscape.
|3 to 4 Feet
|1 to 2 Feet
|Striking blue-green foliage adds great contrast with hints of green, pink, and purple
|Any well-drained soil
|Water well until established
How to Care for Standing Ovation Little Bluestem
Before you buy a Standing Ovation Little Bluestem, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How do I plant Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass?
It is best to plant grasses in the early spring after the last frost or in the fall six weeks before the first frost. Little Bluestem grass prefers full sun so choose your planting location accordingly. When you plant Standing Ovation Little Bluestem grasses, dig a hole twice as wide but not deeper. Set your little bluestem grass in the center at the same level it is growing in its container. Backfill the hole with a 50/50 combination of existing soil and enriched topsoil. Water thoroughly at first planting and regularly thereafter. When the roots are established, little bluestem does well in drier soils.
How do I mulch Standing Ovation Little Bluestem?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Standing Ovation Little Bluestem with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant
How do I water Standing Ovation Little Bluestem?
After planting your Standing Ovation Little Bluestem, give it a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags are a good investment that will help minimize the watering chore.
How do I fertilize Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass?
Plants such as Standing Ovation Little Bluestem grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize your little bluestem grass again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting.