Potomac Orchardgrass

POTOMAC ORCHARDGRASS

Orchardgrass is a tall, perennial bunchgrass.  It does best in heavy, rich soils.  Orchardgrass has excellent early and late-season growth.  Orchardgrass is not as winterhardy as bromegrass, but will do better under heat and drought stress and produce more summer growth than bromegrass.  It is also shade tolerant, making it an excellent choice for use in orchards.  Orchardgrass experiences a rapid decline in palatability and quality as it nears maturation.  If mixing with alfalfa, choose varieties that are later maturing to maintain feed quality.  It grows 3-4 feet tall.

Potomac Orchardgrass is an early maturing orchardgrass, making it less desirable in mixtures with alfalfa as it will mature ahead of the alfalfa, reducing palatability.

Price (per lb):
$2.30
Seeding Rate (lbs per acre): 10-12
 Lbs/Bu: 14
 Average seeds per lb:
650,000
Seeding Date:
Apr. 1 - May 30, Aug. 1 - Sept. 15
 Days to Germinate:
21


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