Whittet Kikuyu Seed (Bare Seed)

Whittet Kikuyu Seed (Bare Seed)

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.

Due to customs regulations, kikuyu seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

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Whittet Kikuyu Seed (Bare Seed) KIKUYU-SEED-BARE Eykamp Kikuyu

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Whittet Kikuyu Seed (Bare Seed)

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.

Uses:

  • 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.

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

Germination Details:

  • 91% Germination (in 14 Days). 91.1% Purity.
  • 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

Seeds per Kilogram: 339,000 approx.

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

Due to 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 potential.
  • Very competitive; suppresses weeds.

Directions Of Use

Seeding Rates:

New Turf:

8-10 grams per square meter.

Ie. if you have 100 square meters you will need 1kg. (100 sq/m x 0.01kg = 1kg)

WEIGHT 

APPROX NO. SEEDS 

AREA COVERED (Sqr M) 

0.5 Kg

169’500 50
1 Kg 339’000

100

2 Kg

678’000 200
3 Kg 1’017’000

300

4 Kg

1’356’000 400
5 Kg 1’695’000

500

Overseeding:

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.

Host & Pest

Host Pest
Host & Pest
Kikuyu - Pennisetum clandestinum

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.

 

SDS & Technical

Kikuyu Pasture TechSheet Download Pdf
Establishing Kikuyu Pastures on NSW North Coast TechSheet Download Pdf

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