Plant Care split bluestem

split bluestem

Also known as

split bluestem, splitbeard bluestem, silver bluestem and paintbrush bluestem


Andropogon ternarius

How to care for split bluestem


How often to water your split bluestem

Water needs for split bluestem
0.5 cups
every 9

split bluestem needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for split bluestem in your home

Light needs and placement for plant split bluestem: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

split bluestem love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

split bluestem does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of split bluestem in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize split bluestem

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for split bluestem: repot after 2X growth

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 split bluestem after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

split bluestem is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for split bluestem

split bluestem

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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