Savannah Grass (aka Ruby Grass) - Key Growing Information

Savannah grass (aka ruby grass, Melinis nerviglumis), grown as an ornamental grass.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-21 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow into 72-cell flat or preferred seedling container, 6-8 weeks before planting out. Cover seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite to retain moisture and hold seeds in place. Light aids germination. Transplant out after danger of frost.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Tolerant of part shade.

PLANT HEIGHT: 18-24".

PLANT SPACING: 9-12".

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 9-10.

HARVEST: Fresh cut or dried – Harvest when seed heads have just opened and before pollen shed. Seed heads harvested once they have shed pollen tend to shatter.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average, well-drained soil.

USES: Fresh or dried cut flower. Charming in naturalistic or mixed grass plantings, garden beds, and containers.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Melinis nerviglumis