Plant Care Japanese stiltgrass

Japanese stiltgrass

About Japanese stiltgrass

The Japanese stilt grass was accidentally introduced into Tennessee around 1919. It has now spread to 26 states, mainly the eastern and central states. It grows to 3.5 feet tall and can root at each node to make a new plant. It is listed as invasive in several states.


Microstegium vimineum

Also known as

Packing grass and Nepalese browntop

How to care for Japanese stiltgrass


How often to water your Japanese stiltgrass

Water needs for Japanese stiltgrass
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese stiltgrass 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 Japanese stiltgrass

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Japanese stiltgrass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese stiltgrass: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese stiltgrass love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Japanese stiltgrass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Japanese stiltgrass

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

Difficulty Level

Japanese stiltgrass can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Japanese stiltgrass

Japanese stiltgrass

Japanese stiltgrass

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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