• All
  • Articles
  • Videos
  • Plants
  • Recipes
  • Members

Growth Stages of Bermuda Grass

Comments ()  |   |  Text size: a A  |  Report Abuse  |  Print
close

Report This Article

Growth Stages of Bermuda Grass

Reason for flagging?

Comments

Submit

Share:    |  Email  |  Bookmark and Share

Germination & Root Development

Bermuda grass seed takes anywhere form three days to three weeks to germinate depending on conditions. When sown onto moist soil during warm temperatures between 60 and 70-degrees Fahrenheit and watered frequently it can germinate more quickly. The seed when in contact with moist, nutrient-rich soil and frequently applied water will break out of dormancy and develop pale tiny shoots and fine white roots.

Blade Top Growth

Within 10-12 days, fine green shoots and young grass blades will be visible. The roots will be very thin and loosely connected in the soil and must not be disturbed by walking or strong streams of water. Over a period of three to eight weeks the grass lawn will fill in to become a blanket of soft green blades and the roots will develop as well becoming thicker and well rooted in the top three to seven inches of soil.

Stolon and Rhizome Growth

Bermuda grass uses stolons and rhizomes to spread from the parent plant and colonize new area with baby grass plants. As the green blades and roots develop, thicker organs called stolons and rhizomes develop in tandem. Stolons creep along the surface of the soil to spread new plants while rhizomes are similar in structure to stolons but grow and spread underneath the soil to carry the plant to new locations. The fact that Bermuda grass uses both of these types of vegetative propagation is what makes it a hearty turf grass and also a difficult weed to eradicate when it is unwanted.

Seed Head Development

When the Bermuda grass is mature and the roots well developed it will throw up tall, thin, propeller-shaped seed heads in the summer and early fall. The seed heads stand slightly proud of the grass blades and will release their tiny seeds to the wind and soil below when they reach maturity. Bermuda grass seeds germinate readily where they land so mowing frequently to prevent the formation or ensure the collection of seed heads is imperative to controlling Bermuda grass.

Keywords: life cycle of Bermuda grass, stages of Bermudagrass development, how does cynodon dactylon propagate itself

About this Author

An omni-curious communications professional, Dena Kane has more than 17 years of experience writing and editing content for online publications, corporate communications, business clients, industry journals, as well as film and broadcast media. Kane studied political science at the University of California, San Diego.