Plant Care Miscanthus Sinensis

Miscanthus Sinensis

About Miscanthus Sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis is a large ornamental grass with longitudinally white and green striped foliage that inclines to sag with adverse weather conditions. In warmer climates this plant can be quite weedy but mulch will assist in preventing re-seeding.


Miscanthus sinensis

Also known as

Maiden Grass, Maiden Grass and Maiden silvergrass

How to care for Miscanthus Sinensis

💦 Water

How often to water your Miscanthus Sinensis

Water needs for Miscanthus Sinensis
0.5 cups
every 9

Miscanthus Sinensis 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 Miscanthus Sinensis

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Maiden Grass in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Miscanthus Sinensis: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Miscanthus Sinensis love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Miscanthus Sinensis does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Miscanthus Sinensis

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Maiden Grass →

Common Maiden Grass Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Miscanthus Sinensis 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.

Maiden Grass Water Frequency →

Maiden Grass Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Miscanthus Sinensis 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 🏡.

Maiden Grass Light Requirements →

Maiden 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

Miscanthus Sinensis 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Maiden Grass →

💩 Fertilizer

Miscanthus Sinensis grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Maiden Grass →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Miscanthus Sinensis can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Maiden Grass Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Miscanthus Sinensis 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 Miscanthus Sinensis

Miscanthus Sinensis

Miscanthus Sinensis

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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