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Big Bluestem Ornamental/ Native Grass Seeds

$6.25

Big Bluestem Ornamental/ Native Grass Seeds

$6.25
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Andropogon gerardii

 

 

  |1 OZ|

 

Big Bluestem Ornamental/ Native Grass  is a native grass and is a warm season perennial grass which has an attractive reddish-copper color in fall and can help create a beautiful landscape. It blooms are tall and slender that are blue-green in color in summer months, then in the fall gets a red tinge on the leaves as they get older.  Big Bluestem is the most prevalent and widely distributed of all prairie grasses which can grow 4 to 7 feet tall. Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem is the dominant native grass species of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie. For example, 95% purity multiplied by 85% total germination equals a 80.75% PLS. This means that out of every bulk pound of that bag of native grass seed that you plant, 80.75% of it is actually seed of that tagged variety and has the potential to germinate. While it does best in moist soils, it can be used for mine reclamation, logging road restoration and other restoration areas that have sandy or droughty conditions. Big Bluestem is a high quality forage species for all classes of livestock. Crude protein content of 16-18% is maintained from May through August but drops below 6% in September and October. It is often cultivated as a pasture grass and for hay-making. Big Bluestem can withstand substantial grazing. However, if this native grass is continually grazed closer than 6 to 8 inches, it will be out competed by other grass species. It is highly palatable to livestock during spring and summer and becomes coarse and less palatable during the fall and winter. Hay should be mowed in early to mid-summer to maintain high nutrition quality. Spread of 2-3 feet. Zones 4-9.

Seeds per package = 1 OZ. 

How To Grow Big Bluestem From Seeds
  • Fill germination trays and pots with moist soil or broadcast the native grass seed over the desired planting area.

  • Sow the native grass seeds by hand, covering with a thin layer of soil. Germination temperature should be 64-75F.
  •  Keep soil evenly moist during germination and do not use fertilizer. The ornamental grass seeds can be sown directly outside from late winter to late spring. Emergence will occur in in 3 to 4 weeks To help keep the ornamental grass seed moist until germination occurs, cover the pots with clear plastic wrap.

  • Plants will be ready for harvest in mid-summer to late fall. First-season growth is often slow. Rhizomatic regeneration in following years increases the growth rate.

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