How to Grow Orchard Grass

Dactylis (orchard grass) is a long-lived and fast growing perennial that produces faster re-growth in summer than Timothy grass.


Latin Dactylis glomerata Family: Poaceae


Difficulty Easy


Exposure: Full sun to shade Zone: 4


Timing Direct sow in early March to late April, and again from mid August to early September. Expect germination in 7-14 days.


Starting Just cover the seeds and tamp the soil, then lightly mulch. Sow at a rate of 4.5kg (10 lbs) per acre, or mix 2.5kg (5 lbs) orchard grass with 4.5kg (10 lbs) crimson clover per acre.


Growing Left to grow, Dactylis can reach a height of 140cm (55"). It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing quality hay.




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