Whittet Kikuyu Seed (agriCOTE Enhanced)

Whittet Kikuyu is a deep rooted self repairing perennial grass ideal for domestic lawns, public parks, racecourses and pastures.  It forms a dense turf and spreads by stolons, which creep both above and below the soil surface.

AgriCote is a tailored seed coating treatment applied to Whittet Kikuyu that combines all the AgriCote technologies into one high performing seed coat. 

AgriCote seed coating promotes faster moisture uptake by the seed and better establishment.

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, kikuyu seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

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Whittet Kikuyu Seed (agriCOTE Enhanced) KIKUYU-SEED-AGRICOTE Barenbrug

Description

Whittet Kikuyu is a deep rooted self repairing perennial grass. It forms a dense turf and spreads by stolons, which creep both above and below the soil surface. It is predominantly spring summer active with a very small amount of winter growth. It is used either as a stand alone turf option in turf blends with Tall fescue or Ryegrass. It is extremely hardy and can tolerate high levels of traffic.

Known for its hardiness and aggressive runners- Kikuyu is a popular choice for homeowners, sporting fields and larger areas like airports.  The best time for sowing is late spring to late summer, as long as your temperature is within the optimum temperatures of 18-29°C, you can expect germination.

Whittet Kikuyu was first developed back in 1970 with the planting of the first crop.

Whittet was developed to spread more vigorously than common strains of Kikuyu that had been introduced to Australia from Africa in 1919.

Kikuyu grass is a low growing, warm season vigorous grass that spreads by stolons & rhizomes. Whittet, Improved Kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a popular choice for Turf Managers throughout Australia when choosing a seeded variety.

Whittet has a medium texture, robust turf density & will establish & persist better on poor soils with low fertility.

What Is Agricote Enhanced Whittet Kikuyu Seed?

AgriCote is a tailored seed coating treatment applied to Whittet Kikuyu that conveniently combines all the AgriCote technologies into one high performing seed coat.  Starting with the highest quality kikuyu seed available, an advanced binding and protective polymers with lime is added as the basis for this cutting-edge seed coating technology. The polymer formulation enables the seed to be coated evenly, which makes it easier to work with and promotes a more even seed distribution onto the. In addition, the lime helps to optimise the pH level immediately around the germinating seed, which promotes faster moisture uptake by the seed and better establishment.

AgriCote treatments include nutrients designed to be immediately available to the seedling, protection against fungal diseases through a fungicide treatment and insecticidal treatments to provide protection from biting and sucking insects. AgriCote is designed to enhance seedling establishment by delivering improved early seedling vigour and root development, through the inclusion of growth promoting and dormancy breaking technologies.

Uses of Kikuyu:

  • Ideal for Low Maintenance Turf Areas.
  • Excellent for erosion control on hillsides & banks.
  • Grows well where other grasses won’t.
  • Ideal Usage: Lawns, Sports Fields, Fairways, Airports, Pastures, Caravan Parks.
  • Kikuyu is very strong self repairing grass, with excellent traffic tolerance and drought resistance.

Agricote Seed Coating Technology:

  • Lime Coating – Creates a favourable germination environment
  • NPKS & Trace Elements – provides immediate seedling nutrition
  • Growth Promotant – promotes establishment and seed vigour
  • Bonding Polymer – bonding AgriCOTE seed capsule
  • Protective Polymer – protects and isolates bacteria

Seed Details: 100% Whittet Kikuyu Seed (not a blend)

Germination Details:

  • 91% Germination (in 14 Days). 91.1% Purity. (Guide only – Germination Certificate available upon request)
  • Seed Testing Certificate is available upon request.
  • Germination Expectations: You will see fine kikuyu hairs within 10–21 days.

Shade Tolerance: Fine

Daily Sunlight Required: 6+ hours

Drought Tolerance:  Excellent

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent

Pack Sizes: 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 4kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg & 25kg

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, kikuyu seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

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Features & Benefits

Features – Turf

  • Drought tolerant warm season grass.
  • Vigorous grower.
  • Produces quick cover.
  • Holds colour well in most situations.
  • Low Maintenance.
  • Drought Tolerant.
  • High Wear Tolerance.
  • Moderate Shade Tolerance.
  • Spreads by stolons which creep both above and below the soil surface.

Features – Pasture

  • High quality forage if managed correctly.
  • Long growing season.
  • Highly persistent.
  • Survives long dry periods.
  • Responds well to nitrogen fertiliser in warm season.
  • Tolerant of heavy grazing.
  • Better frost tolerance than some warm season grasses.
  • Very effective for erosion control.
  • Rapid summer growth rate with high yield

AgriCote Seed Coating:

  • NPK macronutrients and trace elements that are immediately available to the seedling.
  • Greater plant establishment.
  • Growth promoting chemicals included for improved early vigour.
  • Greater earlier root growth and development.
  • A more robust seedling for slow establishment grasses.
  • Encapsulated rhizobia for longer shelf life and successful in the field nodulation convenience.
  • Protection against biting and sucking insects.
  • Protection against fungal diseases.
  • Improved tolerance to stress.
  • Better ballistic properties for flying seed onto hill country or extensive grazing systems. 
  • Dormancy breaking technology which is not available in any other seed coat.
  • Lime Coating – Creates a favourable germination environment
  • NPKS & Trace Elements – provides immediate seedling nutrition
  • Growth Promotant – promotes establishment and seed vigour
  • Bonding Polymer – bonding AgriCOTE seed capsule
  • Protective Polymer – protects and isolates bacteria

Directions Of Use

Seeding Rates

New Turf

500-grams – 1kg per 100 Square Meters (5-10 grams per square meter)

Overseeding

500-grams per 100 square meters (5 grams per square meter).

Planting Tips:

  • Plant into soft top soil or sandy loam.
  • Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking.
  • Best coverage and reduced seed wastage is achieved by using a seed spreader for the size of the area.
  • Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall.
  • Apply fertiliser several times per year to improve the overall look and performance of the lawn.

 

Tips For Use

Planting Tips:

  • Plant into soft top soil or sandy loam.
  • Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking.
  • Best coverage and reduced seed wastage is achieved by using a seed spreader for the size of the area.
  • Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall.
  • Apply fertiliser several times per year to improve the overall look and performance of the lawn.

Maintenance

  • Mowing heights are recommended at 25-50mm.
  • Frequent mowing will keep thatch build-up to a reasonable level.
  • It is essential for best results to maintain adequate moisture in  the seed bed.
  • Kikuyu grass is a deep-rooted perennial that spreads by rhizomes and stolons. It forms a low growing turf that is cold tolerant and can be grown from Northern Queensland to Tasmania.
  • For best performance it needs more than 900mm of annual rainfall and will respond well to fertilisers. Too much fertilising can, however, create a significant thatch layer resulting in spongy turf.
  • Whittet kikuyu is a taller variety with broader leaves and thicker stems, which persists well under low fertility.
  • Kikuyu is a tough, drought tolerant grass that needs to be sown when summer temperatures reach 25-35 degrees.

Tips to prepare your lawn for winter.

 

Withholding Period

WHP Not applicable.

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, kikuyu seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

 

SDS & Technical

agriCOTE Enhanced Seed TechSheet Download Pdf
Kikuyu Pasture TechSheet Download Pdf
Establishing Kikuyu Pastures on NSW North Coast TechSheet Download Pdf

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