Zoysia tenuifolia seed sprout

Germinating Zoysia Tenuifolia

They said it couldn’t be done, so I tried it anyway. I am pleased to report that the seeds I collected from my own Zoysia tenuifolia have successfully germinated.

Zoysia tenuifolia grown from seeds? Experts suggest this is simply not done for practical reasons and that the plant propagates vegetatively due to low germination rates.

Zoysia tenuifolia seed sprout

Well, I’m happy with ~5% though I have to admit that seed collection wasn’t an easy task due to their size and appearance.

Zoysia tenuifolia spikelet with seeds

I used no special treatment. An aluminium BBQ tray filled with seed raising mix from Bunnings. The medium was kept moist and in a sunny spot.

 

August temperature in Brisbane

My observation is that germination started with temperature increase in Brisbane.

At the moment there are around 20 viable young plants. I will update this post in a few weeks to report back on their progress.

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