ANDROPOGON scoparius 'Prairie Blues'

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ANDROPOGON scoparius 'Prairie Blues'

Little Blue Stem
(SCHIZACHYRIUM)
Select Item No. ZA033

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Article Type: (pure seed)
Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Poaceae
Origin: North America and Northern Mexico
Special Features: Exquisite grey-blue, ribbon-like foliage with reddish-orange autumnal colors. Lovely foliage can be used in bouquets. Silvery fluffy seed heads, Outstanding for naturalizing. Warm season grass and drought tolerant.
Historical: Introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2007; North American Indians once used dried leaves of the species for winter insulation in their moccasins.
 
Basic Colour: (white / cream)
Flower Colour: silvery
Natural Flowering Period: August - October
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z9
Foliage: thin, ribbon-like, greyish-blue, reddish-orange fall color
Growth Habit: upright, erect
Height with Flowers: 100 cm
Spacing between Plants: 60 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained
Location:
Characteristics: ornamental foliage plant
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 1.04058 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
961
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
3 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 - 5 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
Sowing Direction:

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
Sowing to Germination: 3 - 4 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 8 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 weeks!) at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Light (100-150 ppm)
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