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How to Harvest Seeds From Hakone Grass

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How to Harvest Seeds From Hakone Grass

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Overview

In the spring, the cascading leaves of hakone grass are bright yellow before darkening to gold and red in the fall. These ornamental characteristics helped it win the 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year award from the Perennial Plant Association. It is commonly grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9 and can reach a height of up to 18 inches. Though you can often buy hakone grass seed in nurseries, save yourself money by collecting the seeds from an established grass plant.

Step 1

Inspect the hakone grass plant for flower stalks. The stalks begin to appear at the end of summer and are pale yellow or green in appearance, usually forming in the center of a hakone grass bunch.

Step 2

Wait for the flower stalk to produce small seeds. Before the seeds mature, slide a paper bag over the flower stalk head and use a rubber band to tie off the bottom of the bag around the stalk's stem. The seed head is now contained inside the bag.

Step 3

Let the stalk dry on the hakone grass plant. Once the stem is dry and brittle, break it off from the plant.

Step 4

Shake the bag vigorously while keeping it shut. The seeds on the seed head will dislodge inside the bag. Remove the actual stalk and store the paper bag in a cool, dry environment until you're ready to plant the grass seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Rubber band

References

  • "The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses"; Rick Darke; 1999
  • North Carolina State University: Hakone Grass
  • Perennial Plant Association: Perennial Plant of the Year 2009
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Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.