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


Setaria helvola

How to care for Pigeon Grass


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 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 🏡.


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.

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
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Pigeon Grass

Pigeon Grass

Pigeon 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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