Plant Care Pigeon Grass

Pigeon Grass

Also known as

Yellow Foxtail, Yellow Foxtail, Yellow Foxtail, pigeon grass, cat-tail millet, yellow bristle-grass and cattail grass

Taxonomy

Setaria helvola
Setaria
Poaceae
Poales

How to care for Pigeon Grass

💦 Water

How often to water your Pigeon Grass

Water needs for Pigeon Grass
0.5 cups
every 9

Pigeon 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 Pigeon Grass

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Yellow Foxtail in your home

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

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

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

Pigeon Grass does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Pigeon Grass

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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


💦 Water Needs

Pigeon 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Pigeon 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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

Pigeon 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Pigeon Grass is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Pigeon Grass can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 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 Pigeon Grass

Pigeon Grass

Pigeon 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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