Pampas grass is the new Instagram sensation and must have decor for your home. No longer relegated to the 80s hall of shame, the humble dried pampas grass is now much coveted and fetches a pretty penny if you are looking to buy some online. If you want to save some money and you have access to a growing pampas grass plant then if you use this tutorial for how to dry pampas grass, you will save yourself some money and be the proud owner of a new designer dried pampas grass interior accessory! The best thing about dried pampas grass flumes? They don't need any water!
Cultivated in Europe, North America and Australia as an ornamental herb and, to a lesser extent, as a forage grass for livestock. Dried fluffy broomsticks are used for floral arrangements and other ornamental purposes. You can buy flowers along with pampas grass as additional decoration. There is also plenty of dried floral arrangements. Pampas grass can also be used as a standalone decorative element.
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How To Cut Pampas Grass
Pampas grass flumes are hard to cut, you will need some strong * shears or a knife or small saw. The thicker and bushier the branch, the thicker and more difficult to cut the stem will be. Obviously be careful not to cut yourself. Choose a long stem of pampas grass and cut it as close to the base as you can as you can always trim it to size when you use it. It is best to cut pampas grass in late summer / early autumn before the winter weather has blown about the grass too much. Choose your plumes wisely - some are fluffy and some are feathery and they can grow up to 15 feet tall so you might have to hunt around to find the perfect plant.
How To Dry Pampas Grass
Tie your pampas grass upside down and leave it somewhere warm and dry for about 2 weeks. Make sure that the air can circulate around it so that it can dry out fully. If you want to dry pampas grass fast, try putting it in an airing cupboard.
Once it is dried you can turn it the right way up and fluff it up a bit before spraying it with hairspray to keep it preserved and fluffed up. Dried pampas grass should last at least two years if you dry and preserve it well.
Can You Dye Pampas Grass?
I haven't tried dying it but apparently it is quite easy. Make up some dye and dip the pampas grass into it, fully coating it in the dye. Leave to dry and let it dry out in the same way as above. Fluff up, spray with hairspray and enjoy your coloured pampas grass! I would just be careful that the dye doesn't transfer to other surfaces like wallpaper, so keep the plant from touching anything. You can also bleach pampas grass so it turns a beautiful white colour. It won't be bright white because the plumes can't absorb a lot of bleach but it will be a glorious off white.
How Long Does Dried Pampas Grass Last For?
Dried pampas grass can last for years if you look after it properly. Fluff it up gently if it needs it and re-hairspray it every so often. You can even gently use a hairdryer on it to fluff it up a bit. If it starts to drop and shed it has probably reached the end of it's days.
Can I Cut Pampas Grass from someone's garden?
It is illegal to cut pampas grass from someone else's property without permission. Make sure that you have the permission of the land and plant owner before you take your shears to it!
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