How to Grow Siberian Wheatgrass


The drought-tolerant Siberian wheatgrass is a successful growing grass for areas which receive 14 inches or less of annual rainfall. Siberian wheatgrass is a favorite among both large and small wildlife, and is good for livestock grazing in the spring and fall. While grazing is one way to take advantage of this low maintenance grass, some people prefer to grow Siberian wheatgrass for its ability to stabilize disturbed areas and control erosion.

Step 1

Plant seeds into coarse and medium-consistency soils in very early spring. Seeds in this type of soil should be drilled at 1 inch deep or less.

Step 2

Set seeds for medium to light textures of soil in late fall, also called dormant seeding. The depth for light and medium soils should be one half-inch or less.

Step 3

Water the field area daily, just enough to keep the soil moist, for the first four weeks as growth begins to appear above the surface. Overwatering the field can actually trap the seeds underground as the soil dries.

Step 4

Allow the plants to become established before any grazing is allowed. After the grass is established, spring grazing can begin as soon as six inches of new growth can be seen.

Step 5

Rotate grazing areas in the spring and fall to give the plants a break, and keep them healthy and growing. Grazing should stop once the grasses have three inches of stubble remaining at the end of the grazing season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting seeds in late summer as the heat and dryness will not aid in seed germination. Attempt late summer planting only if necessary and if you have a sufficient irrigation system in place to keep the seeds moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Plowed field
  • Seed drill
  • Siberian wheatgrass seeds, 6 pounds per acre
  • Fertilizer, only when necessary


  • Forages; Robert F. Barnes, C. Jerry Nelson, Kenneth J. Moore, Michael Collins; 2007
  • USDA Plant guide
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Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.