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Ornamental Grasses

Deer-resistant and easy to grow, Ornamental Grasses add lovely texture, color and billowing movement to garden beds and containers. Their blooms are the hallmark of late summer and fall, and are wonderful additions to late-season bouquets.

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Cat Grass Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1/16”
Plant Spacing:1/16”
Days to Germination:2-3 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

Hordeum vulgare. Cats adore Cat Grass! They love to munch on the blades, which help with digestion and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Soak seeds overnight and rinse thoroughly before sowing to speed germination. Fill a sturdy, shallow container with moist potting soil up to about an inch below the edge. Spread a thin layer of seeds over the soil, and sprinkle just a dusting of additional soil on top. Tamp the seeds and soil firmly to ensure good contact and eliminate large air pockets. Water well, and then mist the soil surface whenever it looks dry until seedlings appear. When seedlings appear, begin watering more deeply. The seedlings will grow quickly into a uniform stand of blades that your kitty will keep well-pruned until the plant is spent. Start a new pot of Cat Grass as soon as the first pot is ready for a steady supply. Height: 6" to 8".
Ornamental Grass Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:14-21 days
Germination Temperature:55°-65°F

Seeds are best direct-sown in mid-spring and thinned to 12" apart. If starting indoors, sow into individual pots 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Cover the seeds lightly and keep them moist until germination. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then carefully transplant them, disturbing the roots as little as possible, to 12" apart in full sun and welldraining soil after all danger of frost has passed. Ornamental grass is relatively drought-tolerant once established. To dry the blooms, cut stems, tie them into bundles, and hang them upside down in a dry, dark spot for several weeks. Annual. Summer flowering.
Ornamental Millet Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/2”-1”
Seed Spacing:1”
Plant Spacing:24”
Days to Germination:10-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Pennisetum glaucum. Use this bold ornamental grass to add serious oomph to your hot, sunny borders and containers. Seeds are best direct-sown in spring after the last frost date. Sow the seeds up to 1" deep and keep them moist until germination. Thin clumps to 24" apart. If starting indoors, sow clumps into individual pots 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then transplant them to at least 24" apart in full sun and well-draining soil after all danger of frost has passed. The deep burgundy to almost-black blades grow robustly, quickly forming a hefty mass of easy-care drama. In midsummer it shoots forth fat, fuzzy flower spikes in the same shade as the foliage, yet flecked with pale gold. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 3' to 5'.
Ornamental Rice Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:7-10 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

Oryza sativa. Tidy fountains of dusky, deep mahogany blades add dark drama to imaginative plant combos. Late summer brings arching spikes of chartreuse rice (edible!). Grow this grass in your wettest garden bed or even standing water, or in a container that gets regular attention from your watering can. Direct-sow seeds in clumps of 5 to 6 in spring after the last frost date, pressing the seeds into the soil and barely covering them, or sow seeds in groups in individual pots indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier, providing bottom heat for best germination. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then plant them out 12" apart after all danger of frost has passed. The foliage will emerge green but deepen in color as it matures. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 16" to 20".