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Napier Grass 20 fresh seeds | Very Fast Growing | UK Hardy | Screening

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Please find for sale 20+ fresh Napier Grass seeds, also known as Giant Elephant Grass - an easy to grow, fast growing and hardy plant that will provide structure or screening to any garden. I also sell plants if you want to save yourself some time - see the Ornamental Grass section of my eBay shop. I have noticed that in late summer some of the leaves take on a red hue - actually very attractive. Germination rate from these seeds seems to be around 30-50% if pre-soaked.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ORDERS RECEIVED BEFORE 8PM (MON-FRI) WILL BE DISPATCHED SAME DAY

SAVE PACKAGING MATERIALS  - SEE OTHER INTERESTING & UNUSUAL SEEDS & PLANTS IN MY SHOP

INSTRUCTIONS - TO SAVE PAPER I NO LONGER SEND OUT WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS TO CUSTOMERS. INSTRUCTIONS ARE BELOW SO PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE. FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME WITH ANY GROWING QUESTIONS.

Elephant Grass is grown domestically for two purposes. Firstly it is a used as a really fast growing screening plant - growing up to 18ft in the right conditions it is a far more attractive than the dreaded Leylandii with the added benefit of sounding good in the breeze and providing homes to a multitude of wildlife. 

Secondly it is used as a sculptural plant - looking attractive at the back of borders or in the middle of laws etc - see second picture. Again it is fast growing and easy to maintain, keeping in check as required. Muck preferable to bamboos for this purpose as bamboos send up new shoots in the middle of the lawn that will spike your feet!


Sowing Guide

  • Sow at any time of year
  • Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting. You can lightly scarify them if you wish to speed up germination.
  • Sow seeds thinly into trays or large pots containing a good quality seed compost mix - ideally a mix of  50% regular compost, 50% vermiculite (which I sell in the Accessories section of my eBay shop) 
  • Do not cover the seed with compost as light is required for germination, just lightly press the seeds into the earth.
  • Moisten the seeds, cover the container with a clear plastic dome or put it in a clear plastic bag so the seeds remain moist. Keep at temperatures of around 15 to 20°C
  • Put the container in indirect light away from the sun, germination should take place in two to four weeks. 
  • After the seedlings appear, remove the cover and place them where they can get plenty of sun and maintain a temperature of around 15°C until the seedlings are established.
  • If sown in Autumn or Winter, keep in posts indoors or in greenhouse etc until spring.
  • Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them to 15" pots containing gritty compost. 
  • They will form a bushy plant and be ready to go into the garden in spring.
Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!

I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:

1) Dont Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!

2) Google and Youtube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 

3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.

4) Good compost pays dividends . The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 

5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.


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