Pet Grass(Elymus hispidus)
Light requirements: Full sun.
Planting: Space 9 inches apart.
Soil requirements: Plants thrive in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Work organic matter into planting beds before planting to add fertility and improve moisture retention. In containers, use a quality commercial soilless mix.
Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist. Apply mulch to planting beds to retain soil moisture and keep leaves clean.
Frost-fighting plan: Pet grass can withstand a few hard frosts (temperatures below 28º F). Use a frost blanket to protect newly planted seedlings from late spring frosts.
Common issues: Avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot.
Growing tips: Choose a container that’s the right height for your pet to reach easily for nibbling. Consider growing two pots, one for outdoors and the other for indoors; switch them when the inside pot begins to look weary.
Harvesting: Allow pets to nibble leaves freely. If the plant starts to show signs of failing, pull it and plant another.
For more information, visit the Pet Grass page in our How to Grow section.