PANICUM virgatum 'Emerald Chief'

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PANICUM virgatum 'Emerald Chief'

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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, southwards to Central America
Special Features: Graceful and especially sturdy habit. Long-lived, tolerating a wide range of soils. A prairie species, an outstanding species for naturalizing in meadows. The species is also drawing bioenergy interest for its high cellulose content and ease of cultivation.
Historical: We are grateful to Cassian Schmidt, the Director of Sichtungsgarten Herrmanshof in Weinheim, Germany, who shared seed with us many years ago. Crosses with these produced very decorative deep green plants that resulted in 'Emerald Chief'. Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 2011.
Basic Colour: (pink / salmon)
Flower Colour: pinkish-red
Natural Flowering Period: July - September
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4 - Z10
Foliage: emerald-green, narrow
Growth Habit: erect / sturdy
Height with Flowers: 140 cm
Spacing between Plants: 80 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / average / undemanding
Characteristics: solitary plant / beneficial plant / groundcover
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 1.75439 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
5 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 - 5 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(8) These perennial seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Lower temperatures of less than +5°C [41°F] are very effective. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight. For Alstroemeria we recommend to keep sowing for 3 weeks at approximately +30°C [86°F], then 3 weeks at +5°C [41°F], then at +21°C [70°F].

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
late autumn - early spring
Sowing to Germination: 4 - 6 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")
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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