Old 11-07-2009, 04:09 PM
mtg97 mtg97 is offline
LawnSite Member
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: glassport pa
Posts: 60
ornamental grass seeds

I have been wondering why my blue fescues, pampas grass and zebra grass never regenerate by their seeds. They all form seeds and fall off but never grow. I have planted the seeds but to no avail. Is it that that arent mature or what?
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 05:58 PM
Think Green's Avatar
Think Green Think Green is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Arkansas--Mississippi flood plains
Posts: 2,746
You may want to do a little research online about the types of ornamental grasses and their seed production. The species of grasses you mentioned are not self seeders. They are sterile!!
I had certain breeds of miscanthus grasses at my old residence. The clumps always expanded in girth each year and didn't regenerate by seed production. The clumps were extracted each spring or fall, cut into 1/4's and replanted in other locations.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 06:14 PM
White Gardens's Avatar
White Gardens White Gardens is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bloomington IL
Posts: 6,783
As above stated, they are sterile.

Some plant species, when hybridized, will go sterile and can't reproduce. Canna's do this, grasses, roses, some newer rose of Sharon, etc....

If you want to go with a spreading type of ornamental grass, then you could look at some native long stem bluegrass, and native switch grasses.
White Gardens On Facebook.......WG Thread......Greencare For Troops......... mywhitegardens.com(under construction)

2005- Completion of University of Illinois Master Gardner's Program.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2009, 06:39 PM
grassman177's Avatar
grassman177 grassman177 is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: leavenworth, kansas
Posts: 9,799
i can tell you dwarf fountain grass self seeds very well, when i forget to cut off the seed heads in fall they get allover my beds and wreak havoc
Reply With Quote

grass , ornamental , seeds

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Layout Style:

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Grand View Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:11 AM.

Page generated in 0.06300 seconds with 10 queries