Plant Care Broomsedge Bluestem

Broomsedge Bluestem

About Broomsedge Bluestem

Beard Grass has green leaves and stems turning dark red-purple then bright orange in late fall. It's not recommended for a formal garden and does not tolerate heavy mulch, but is good used in managed rural areas. It is found in savannas, flatwoods, maritime wet grasslands, disturbed pinelands, other wetlands, old fields, roadbanks, and other disturbed sites.


Andropogon virginicus

Also known as

Yellowsedge bluestem and Whiskey grass

How to care for Broomsedge Bluestem

💦 Water

How often to water your Broomsedge Bluestem

Water needs for Broomsedge Bluestem
0.5 cups
every 9

Broomsedge 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?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Broomsedge Bluestem in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Broomsedge Bluestem: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Broomsedge Bluestem love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Broomsedge Bluestem does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Broomsedge Bluestem

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Broomsedge 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 Broomsedge Bluestem after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Broomsedge Bluestem 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.

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Broomsedge Bluestem 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 🏡.

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.

🪴 Soil

Broomsedge Bluestem 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!

💩 Fertilizer

Broomsedge Bluestem 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!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Broomsedge Bluestem is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Broomsedge Bluestem can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🌱 Propagation

Broomsedge Bluestem can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Broomsedge Bluestem

Broomsedge 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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