This vigorous growing tall gras native to India has broad leafs up to 12 cm width that reminds of the leafs of some palm seedlings with a "tropical look". The stems can grow up to 2 metres and have a diameter of 1 cm. The plume has a loose structure and can grow up to 80 cm.
Palm grass is very good suited as a container plant in colder climates like the Netherlands or most other countries in Europe.
The plant will die down above ground but will re-sprout from the base in spring if the roots have not been frozen during winter. Suitable for hardiness zone 8 to 11.
|Scientific name||Setaria palmifolia|
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|English name||Palm Grass|
|Dutch name||Palm gras|
Sowing indoors: year round
Sowing outdoors: mei-juni
Germination temp: 20°C
Sowing depth: shallow
Germination time: 10-90 days
Plant position: sunny
It's possible to sow palm grass indoors alyear long. Sow shallow in a tray or pot filled with loose and moist soil. Use potting soil or a self-made mix. palm grass is a light germinator, so they need light to germinate so only cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
Cover the tray with a lid or some cling film to preserve the moisture. Put the seeds on a light and warm spot to germinate. To keep the temperature so equel as possible, use a heated propagator. Keep moist and weedfree. Aloes are known for a irregular germination, it can take months for the seedlings emerge. If nothing emerges in about 3 monthsa cold period of 2 to 4 weeks might be needed.