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Andropogon appendiculatus, commonly known as Vlei Bluestem, is a native wetland grass that can thrive in pond environments. It features slender, upright stems and striking blue-green foliage. Vlei Bluestem can add a unique and naturalistic look to the margins of your pond.

2. Sunlight Requirements: Vlei Bluestem typically prefers full sun conditions. Ensure that your pond receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day for healthy growth. It can tolerate partial shade but may not grow as vigorously in shaded areas.

3. Water Depth: Plant Andropogon appendiculatus along the edges of your pond in shallow water. It is well-suited for water depths of 2 to 6 inches, allowing it to establish its roots in the substrate while being partially submerged.

4. Soil and Substrate: Choose a well-draining, sandy or loamy soil mix for planting Vlei Bluestem in your pond. Plant the grass directly into the substrate at the recommended water depth. Ensure that the roots are in good contact with the soil.

5. Fertilization: Vlei Bluestem generally does not require extensive fertilization in a pond setting. The nutrients present in the pond water should be sufficient for its growth. However, if you notice slow growth or yellowing foliage, you can apply a balanced aquatic plant fertilizer following the package instructions.

6. Water Quality: Maintain good water quality in your pond. Regularly monitor and adjust the pH levels to keep them between 6.5 and 7.5. Ensure that your pond water is free from pollutants and toxins to promote healthy growth.

7. Pruning and Maintenance: Andropogon appendiculatus is relatively low-maintenance. Remove any dead or yellowing stems as needed to maintain its appearance. Prune away any overgrowth to prevent overcrowding and to promote air circulation.

8. Winter Care: Vlei Bluestem is generally cold-hardy and can tolerate freezing temperatures. In colder climates, it may die back in the winter and regrow in the spring. Minimal winter care is typically required.

9. Pests and Diseases: Vlei Bluestem is generally resistant to pests and diseases in pond environments. However, monitor for signs of aphids or snails and take appropriate measures if infestations occur.

10. Wildlife Attraction: The dense growth of Andropogon appendiculatus can provide habitat for small pond creatures, insects, and amphibians. It may also attract birds seeking shelter and foraging opportunities.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Andropogon appendiculatus (Vlei Bluestem) in your pond. This native wetland grass not only adds a naturalistic and aesthetic touch to your pond but also contributes to a healthy aquatic ecosystem by providing habitat and shelter for various pond inhabitants.



  • These pond plants have a waiting period of 2-3 weeks before they will be available. This is due to the logistics and the fuel price to get it from the farm to our facility in Gezina.
  • Regarding shipping -

Pick up – if you pic up, they will be sold as potted plant in a 2.5L bag.

Shipping via courier – To protect the plants against damage during transport and save on freight costs, We will remove it out of the pot, clean and package them in individual bags.

Andropogon appendiculatus - Vlei bluestem

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