Plant Care Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass

About Buffalo Grass

St. Augustine Grass is a spreading turf grass native to the southeastern U.S.A. and South America. It is found in marshes, roadsides, and lawns. This plant is heat tolerant and mildly drought tolerant. It spreads by rhizomes and is sold by turf or plugs.

Taxonomy

Stenotaphrum secundatum
Stenotaphrum
Poaceae
Poales

Also known as

St. Augustine Grass, St. Augustine Grass, Carpet grass, Buffalo turf, Buffalo grass and grass

How to care for Buffalo Grass

💦 Water

How often to water your Buffalo Grass

Water needs for Buffalo Grass
0.5 cups
every 9

Buffalo Grass 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.

Calculate water needs of Buffalo Grass

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for St. Augustine Grass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Buffalo Grass: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Buffalo Grass love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Buffalo Grass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Buffalo Grass

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Buffalo Grass 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.

St. Augustine Grass Water Frequency →

St. Augustine Grass Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Buffalo Grass 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 🏡.

St. Augustine Grass Light Requirements →

St. Augustine Grass Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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

Buffalo Grass 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!

Best Soil Mix for St. Augustine Grass →

When and How to Successfully Repot St. Augustine Grass →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Buffalo Grass grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune St. Augustine Grass →


🧐 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 Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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