Panicum – Prairie Winds® Totem Pole
Native to North America
One of the easiest ornamental grasses to grow in full sun. Does well in any soil from sand to clay. Cut back in spring before new growth appears.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Container, Landscape
Soil Fertility Average Soil
pH C - pH 6.0 - 6.5
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 1 - 1.5
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 65 - 75° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 50 - 60° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Late Spring through Fall Sales. Standard PPP.
Pinching and Growth Regulators
No pinching or growth regulators needed. However, they can be trimmed during production to increase fullness and decrease plant height. Do not trim back more than 1/2 the plant height.
Plants grown outside or trimmed back will not need growth regulation. However, when grown in a greenhouse or not trimmed back, Bonzi drenches can be effective.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Watch for crown rot, leaf spots and rust, although they usually aren't problematic.
-Warm season grass, won't establish under cool, short days. Plants should be planted under warm temperatures and long days for root establishment.
-For 2 gallon or larger plants, start the plant the summer before for sales the next year.
-Do not plant too high or too deep, they are a bit finicky for planting depth. Plant even with the liner.
-Vernalization is required for flowering, however, it is not necessary when Panicum is marketed as a foliage item.
-Cheyenne Sky needs direct sun to develop the best foliage color.