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Russian wildrye, or Psathyrostachys juncea, is a green perennial grass that has yellow flowers. It can get up to 3 feet high and grows fast, coming back year after year. This particular type of grass is shade intolerant and must be in full sun. It can grow up to 3 feet in height, and blooms in early spring. Russian wildrye is also cold and drought intolerant and requires a warm climate.
Determine where to plant your Russian wildrye. The location should be in full sun and have a pH between 6.5 to 9. Wildrye can tolerate drought conditions, so areas with low water will be fine, but sandy locations will make it hard to grow.
Spread Russian wildrye seed to a depth of less than 1 inch in early spring using a hand seed spreader or a broadcast seed spreader. Use 3 lb. of seed per acre. Alternately, seed in late fall once the soil is at a temperature of less than 45 degrees F.
Evenly space seeds planted in rows according to their moisture levels. In dry areas, space rows between 2 and 3 feet. In moisture-rich areas (above 14 inches a year in rain), space rows between 1 and 2 feet apart.
Cover the seeds with a light layer of hay for wind and bird protection. There is a high germination rate for the seed, but it is slow to get started. Seeds remain viable for five to six years.