Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: The easiest approach is to start the seeds (gently pressed into the surface of the moist growing medium) outdoors from mid-fall to mid-winter, so they can get a natural chilling period and sprout when conditions are right. It’s possible that the seeds may germinate in warm conditions—though perhaps at a less than optimal percentage—either indoors in late winter to mid spring or outdoors from late spring to midsummer. But if no seedlings appear after a few weeks, then try providing an artificial chilling period of about a month.

Transplant the seedlings (in groups) to individual pots when they’re 1 to 2 inches tall. Use groups of 6 to 10 or so if you want bigger clumps faster, or 3 or 4 per pot if you want a larger number of starter plants.

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Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is a clump-forming, warm-season grass with slender, arching foliage that turns golden orange in fall and persists through the winter. Airy panicles of cilantro-scented flowers bloom in mid- to late summer. The plants are typically 12 to 18 inches tall in leaf and 2 to 3 (sometimes 4) feet tall in bloom. U.S. native (mostly in parts of the central and eastern U.S.). Full sun. Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in late September 2022. At least 30 seeds. Unknown ecotype.

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