Plant Care Elephant Grass

Elephant Grass

Also known as

Pennisetum purpureum, Napier grass, elephant grass and Uganda grass


Cenchrus purpureus

How to care for Elephant Grass


How often to water your Elephant Grass

Water needs for Elephant Grass
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Elephant Grass in your home

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

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

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

Elephant Grass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Elephant Grass

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Elephant Grass

Elephant Grass

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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