Tips on Harvesting Bahia Grass Seed

Bahia grass is a nutritious perennial grass of the genus Paspalum. Naturalized throughout the southern U.S., this diverse species not only includes human and livestock food crops, it is aesthetically pleasing in lawns and garden beds. Bahia grass is a honey crop--when available, bees use it to make honey. Bahia grass is low growing; it creeps across the ground sending down roots from each stolon. This plant prefers well-drained soils, nitrogen-rich fertilizers and regular watering until established.

Plant the Right Bahia

Check before planting that the Bahia you have chosen will produce viable seeds. Some types--such as Wilmington Bahia--will not produce reliable quantities of seed for resale purposes. Once planted, Bahia grass germinates in roughly 28 days.

Care for Plants

When properly cared for, grasses produce an abundant crop of healthy, viable seeds. Water deeply whenever needed. Avoid shallow, quick watering as this promotes shallow roots that harm plants during dry weather. Fertilize Bahia grass often during the growing season.

Test Readiness

Seeds are ready to harvest when they easily separate from their seed heads. A good smack between your hands should dislodge several, if not all, seeds from the grass head.

Wear Gloves

When hand gathering seeds, wear tough gloves. The constant running of grass between your fingers will eventually cause blood flow.

Store Seeds

Store your gathered seeds in closed containers. Dark, waterproof containers remain the best way to store seeds. Keep containers away from extremes in temperature and pests.

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