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Grains and Grasses

grass See the sections on specific propagation techniques for general information. More precise details on how to reproduce a species are given only if these differ from the usual. Virtually all grasses can be started from seed, with few exceptions. Some cultivars will not come "true" if grown from seed, and while bamboos can produce seed, they do so extremely unreliably; these are best propagated vegetatively.

Full sun is appreciated by almost all grasses, though some species are more shade-tolerant than others; see below. Well-drained soil is also important; moisture needs, however, are quite variable, depending on the species.

Lawn grasses are roughly divided into cool-season and warm-season grasses. The former prefer growing temperatures of 60-75F/15-24C, and the latter of 80-95F/27-35C. Moisture needs and other concerns also affect the choice of a lawn grass; a local lawn-care company or nursery may help determine which lawn grasses are best suited to a given area.

All lawn grasses may be grown from seed, unless otherwise indicated; best sowing times are early fall or spring. Sowing densities are not indicated here, as these depend on the actual species mixtures used. Seedlings require even moisture and regular feeding.

wheatyoung green barleyblack bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)Calamagrostis or reed grass
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Cacti and Succulents
Fruits and Vegetables
Plants of Home and Garden
Trees and Shrubs
Water Plants

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