Ornamental Grasses

Big Bluestem Grasses

npxx3 added on August 6, 2015 | Answered

I live in a region with very sandy soil. We have an abundance of big bluestem grasses in the area. Is it possible to take the tops off the plant, which contain seeds, and plant in a different area with simular soil conditions? Or do you need to purchase seeds from a plant company? Thanks for any information you could provide.

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Answered on August 6, 2015

Big bluestem grass seed can be purchased or harvested right from the seed heads. Collect seed heads when they are dry in September to October. Place the seed heads in paper bags in a warm area to dry for two to four weeks. Big bluestem grass should be planted after winter’s worst has passed so you will need to store the seed. Store it for up to seven months in a jar with a tightly sealed lid in a dark room.

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