PENNISETUM villosum

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PENNISETUM villosum

Feathertop
[White Ladies, Cream Falls]
(longistylum)
Select Item No. ZA312

Quantitative Restriction

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 Africa
Distinction: Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Special Features: Brilliant white blooms on short spikes are especially handsome when backlit. Rich flowering. Valuable cut flower, can be grown as annual.
 
Basic Colour: (white / cream)
Flower Colour: white
Natural Flowering Period: July - October
Flowering: First year flowering
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z7 - Z10
Foliage: narrow, cascading
Growth Habit: clumping / bushy
Height with Flowers: 50 cm
Spacing between Plants: 60 cm
Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: decorative fruit / groundcover
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 1.72414 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
580
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
5 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 - 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
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: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 8 weeks
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: No vernalization required for flowering in the first year.
Forcing: There has been no research, but 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. Some later flowering species can be forced in 14 - 16 weeks and perhaps sooner at warmer temperatures. Further experiments are warranted.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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