Also known as
Andropogon gerardii, big bluestem, turkeyfoot, tall bluestem, bluejoint and Andropogon gerardii
How to care for Andropogon gerardii
How often to water your Andropogon gerardii
Andropogon gerardii needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Andropogon gerardii in your home
Andropogon gerardii love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.
Andropogon gerardii does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Andropogon gerardii
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Andropogon gerardii after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Andropogon gerardii is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Andropogon gerardii prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Andropogon gerardii requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Andropogon gerardii does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Andropogon gerardii should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Andropogon gerardii is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Andropogon gerardii can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of Andropogon gerardii can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Care Summary for Andropogon gerardii
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.