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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) 8085

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Switchgrass is an important element in any tall prairie grass planting. This warm season bunch forming grass produces attractive conical seed heads which turn a golden brown in fall. At home in almost any soil (except for very wet ones), it serves as an excellent winter and early spring wildlife cover and makes a superb soil stabilizing plant in poor soil sites. Switchgrass seed is utilized by song and game birds. It is also an important biomass plant. Plants grow on average to 1.5 m (5') tall. Switchgrass is hardy to Zone 3. 550 seed/gram

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Most native grasses do best when planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings additionally stratify any seed that may be dormant. Switchgrass also responds very well to a May-June sowing 6-12 mm (1/4-1/2") deep. Keep in mind should ideal growing conditions not occur, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring the following year.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when dictated by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height at least once through the first year of growth should aggressive weeds threaten to take over the planting and again after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
High Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Tall (1 to 2 m)(39" to 78")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Poaceae
Panicum virgatum
Native habitat rejuvenation and regeneration projects.
Excellent wildlife food and cover plant.
Biomass production.
Cover plant for poor soils and land reclamation projects.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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