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Captiva

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Plantculture, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Plantculture

    Plantculture LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone know the shade tolerance of Captiva St. Augustine vs Seville?
     
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Plant

    I don't know about Captiva but I have found Seville to be very shade tolerance. I believe Seville can be found on the East Coast of Florida more than the Gulf Coast. Sod Grower in my region don't grow Seville any more.
     
  3. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    There is a thread by someone on here, but I think it is in the land maint forum where a guy from forum used it on a hoa (I think) - it is a green something or other that posted on it. I do not have time right now as I am getting ready to head out the door but I will post a link to the thread later after I go through my threads or feel to browse through them and find it yourself.

    In the meantime here is the info from IFAS. From what it says 4-6 hours which would be similar to seville. The only issues that I have heard about it is that it is hard to find, at least here in CFL and that it is showing it is more prone to fungus, which is why it is hard to find.
     
  4. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have found Bitter Blue to be very Shady tolerant and Easily Available in my area. It has the same course texture of Floratan and is easily mistaken for Floratan.

    I bolded Easily Available in my area because that does play a big factor.
     
  7. Plantculture

    Plantculture LawnSite Member
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    Bitter Blue as far as I know is not readily available over here. Most places sell palmetto as shade tolerant, but I have found seville to be a better choice. However Seville is hard to get, and the December freezes fried the fields.

    I've known about Captiva when it still had its research number and have been looking forward to it. Installed a couple pallets this morning, so we'll see how it does in sun and shade. My guess is this variety with a little trickery will cut mowing in half. I didn't know if anyone has personal experience with it.
     
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Plant

    Locally Available is the Biggie. East coast sod grower kept right on with Seville while our area didn't. IMHO Seville is a much better choice. I really like Seville and wished we could get it locally. HOWEVER my experience with Seville has been on the older home where Seville was well maintained and could of had a better soil base. Therefore I may have a false reading on Seville.
     
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Missed this thread. Their ain't no trickery to it. I put it in my small front yard on July 1st of last year. I might have run the mower over it 8 times total, and three of those were to vacuum up stuff that fell out of the raintree. I bagged it every time. Total clippings in six months was less than I would have gotten with Floratam in a week in July. Seems hard to believe, but that is the case. It is a strange grass.
     
  10. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I like the sound of that. So are we talking a growth habit more like zoysia than floratam?
     

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