Many ornamental grasses can be grown easily from seed. Increase or refresh your stock by collecting seeds in autumn, for sowing in spring. They’re simple to collect, and will germinate quickly, producing young plants that will be mature enough to flower by late next summer. Gather the seeds on a dry day, then store in labelled envelopes in a tin somewhere cool and dark, before sowing the following spring.
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Discover how to collect seed from ornamental grasses, below.
You Will Need
- Ornamental grasses, we used Pennisetum villosum
On a dry day, use your secateurs to cut the mature seedheads with a short length of stem. Make a note of the name or type of grass.
On an envelope, write the grass name and any characteristics you want to remember before sowing next year.
Pick the grass heads apart, remove any chaff, then seal the cleaned seeds in the envelope. Use a new envelope for each variety.