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Big Bluestem Seeds

Andropogon gerardii

5.00 (6 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow Big Bluestem grass seeds either in late fall or early spring. Plant the seed just below the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. Because of their extensive root system, the plants grow rather slowly. This plant grows best in average, well drained soil, though it adapts to nearly any soil type including sand and clay. Though it flourishes in rich soil, it tends to be more upright in poor soil. It tolerates drought well, though watering in extremely dry weather will produce the best growth. This plant self-sows, and resists deer and attracts small birds. It makes an excellent choice for controlling erosion, as well as being ornamental throughout the autumn and winter.

Seed Saving: Collect Andropogon Gerardii seeds as soon as the seed heads turn color and begin to dry; the seed should strip easily from the stem. Spread the seed out in a protected location until it has dried completely. Store Big Bluestem grass seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Turkeyfoot, Turkeyfoot Grass, Turkey Claw, Red Hay, Beardgrass

Latin Name: Andropogon gerardii

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 10,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 80 Inches

Color: Green, Brown

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By Michelle G

Arrived quick and sprouted

I always do a test of my seeds to make sure they are even viable and sprout before I go through with planting them and waiting. I ordered about 10 different types of prairie grasses (this is one of them), and they all have sprouted nicely, so I know they are good seeds. The shipment arrived very quickly, it only took a couple days from when I ordered. The seeds are packaged very nicely in gold packets. Very happy with the seeds, would order again! (Picture included, the plate did get bumped by my child so the seeds kind of moved on me..)

Review images:

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Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By james johnson

Big Bluestem

The seeds blasted out of the growing medium within my germination chamber in 3 days! Looks very promising.

Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By Renee Koehler

Great native grass selection.

First time to order seeds online. Very nice selection of native grasses and you can order smaller or larger packets. I ordered one of each size, happily there was no concern. They arrived in the time stated. Price was reasonable. I plan to return to the site and order more.

Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By Jonathan Hance

Big blue

I order the seed to see if I could dehull the bluestem and was successful now it's time to order more and frost seed hopefully for a thick stand

Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By leonard wheeler

Everwilde Purchase

Nice company to order through, good prices, would like it better for phone in orders, sometimes difficult to reach customer service.

Big Bluestem Seeds 5.0
Review By David Lundberg

On-line Purchasing

I was extremely pleased with my on-line purchase of tall grass prairie seeds. My order arrived promptly in hermetically sealed pouches. I will be ordering more seeds from you in the future.

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~1000 Seeds) $2.98 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $5.96 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $9.60 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $18.00 -+
5 Lb Mylar (2.27kg) $81.00 -+
10 Lb Bulk Bag (4.54kg) $144.00 Notify Me
25 Lb Bulk Bag (11.3kg) $342.00 Notify Me
50 Lb Bulk Bag (22.7kg) $648.00 Notify Me
100 Lb Bulk Bag (45.4kg) $1,260.00 Notify Me
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DESCRIPTION

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This is probably the most popular native grass of the tallgrass prairie. It is a warm-season grass, so it does not really get going until the summer heat sets in. It grows very tall in fertile soil, and the stems turn a lovely rusty color in the late fall and into winter.
Sometimes known as the "king of the grasses," this species towers over all the other natives of the tallgrass prairie region. In the past, it grew thickly over many miles of prairie and provided an important food source for bison. Its extensive root system makes it a valuable plant for erosion control, as well as being one of the most commonly chosen species for prairie restoration and native landscaping. The genus name "Andropogon" comes from the Greek words for "man's beard," referring to the stiff hairs that develop on the ornamental seed head.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow Big Bluestem grass seeds either in late fall or early spring. Plant the seed just below the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established. Because of their extensive root system, the plants grow rather slowly. This plant grows best in average, well drained soil, though it adapts to nearly any soil type including sand and clay. Though it flourishes in rich soil, it tends to be more upright in poor soil. It tolerates drought well, though watering in extremely dry weather will produce the best growth. This plant self-sows, and resists deer and attracts small birds. It makes an excellent choice for controlling erosion, as well as being ornamental throughout the autumn and winter.

Seed Saving: Collect Andropogon Gerardii seeds as soon as the seed heads turn color and begin to dry; the seed should strip easily from the stem. Spread the seed out in a protected location until it has dried completely. Store Big Bluestem grass seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Turkeyfoot, Turkeyfoot Grass, Turkey Claw, Red Hay, Beardgrass

Latin Name: Andropogon gerardii

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 10,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 80 Inches

Color: Green, Brown

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 6 reviews
5.0

Review By Michelle G

Arrived quick and sprouted

I always do a test of my seeds to make sure they are even viable and sprout before I go through with planting them and waiting. I ordered about 10 different types of prairie grasses (this is one of them), and they all have sprouted nicely, so I know they are good seeds. The shipment arrived very quickly, it only took a couple days from when I ordered. The seeds are packaged very nicely in gold packets. Very happy with the seeds, would order again! (Picture included, the plate did get bumped by my child so the seeds kind of moved on me..)

Review images:

  • 731B183A-AC04-4E23-8577-84BC46137F8C.jpeg
5.0

Review By james johnson

Big Bluestem

The seeds blasted out of the growing medium within my germination chamber in 3 days! Looks very promising.

5.0

Review By Renee Koehler

Great native grass selection.

First time to order seeds online. Very nice selection of native grasses and you can order smaller or larger packets. I ordered one of each size, happily there was no concern. They arrived in the time stated. Price was reasonable. I plan to return to the site and order more.

5.0

Review By Jonathan Hance

Big blue

I order the seed to see if I could dehull the bluestem and was successful now it's time to order more and frost seed hopefully for a thick stand

5.0

Review By leonard wheeler

Everwilde Purchase

Nice company to order through, good prices, would like it better for phone in orders, sometimes difficult to reach customer service.

5.0

Review By David Lundberg

On-line Purchasing

I was extremely pleased with my on-line purchase of tall grass prairie seeds. My order arrived promptly in hermetically sealed pouches. I will be ordering more seeds from you in the future.