THIS LOVELY GRASS STARTS OUT GREEN BUT THEN CHANGES TO A FLAMING RED!!!!
LIKE A BURNING BUSH.
Kochia scoparia grass, also known as fireweed or burning bush, is a plant native to Eurasia. Gardeners value the plant for its bright red foliage in autumn and its drought resistance. Introduced to the United States in 1900, Kochia scoparia is a common crop for sheep and cattle, and it also serves as an ornamental plant. When growing Kochia scoparia grass, planting the seeds in late April to early May ensures the best results.
Prepare the Soil
Before planting Kochia scoparia grass, organize your garden tools and make sure the soil temperature is close to 50 degrees F. Kochia scoparia is well adapted to alkaline soils, so if your soil is acidic, amending the soil with lime to a pH level of 6.0 is advisable. Checking the soil's pH balance is easy with a soil pH pen.
Plant the Seeds
Plant Kochia scoparia grass seeds approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep and about 24 to 36 inches apart. Try to plant the seeds in an area that experiences little to no frost accumulation. After planting, water the soil lightly. Kochia scoparia is highly resistant to drought conditions and grows well even in dry climates. If you have space and location restrictions, you can plant Kochia scoparia seeds in gardening containers.
Helping the Plant Grow
During the germination period, which is 10 to 14 days, the ideal soil temperature is 61 to 65 degrees F. Keep the soil moist, but do not over water. Kochia scoparia grass grows best outdoors, so do not cover the plant at any time. Kochia scoparia does require sunlight, so for best results, the plant should receive sunlight daily. Watering the seeds weekly with a sprayer that has a light setting helps the plant reach its fullest growth potential, but it can withstand long dry spells if watering regularly is not realistic.
Maintaining the Plant
Kochia scoparia produces hay yields of approximately 1 to 4 tons per acre when it reaches its full growth potential. If the Kochia scoparia is being grown in a garden container, trim it on a regular basis. When grown in full sunlight and warm temperatures, Kochia scoparia can begin to produce branches and leaves within two weeks. If the seeds do not germinate within two weeks, try adding some hydrated lime to the soil.
Caring for Kochia Scoparia Grass
Farmers cut Kochia scoparia for hay or silage when it reaches 18 to 26 inches. Kochia scoparia does not grow well when surrounded by weeds, so if weeds are an issue, remove them with a weed trimmer or pull them. If the plant encounters any insect problems, use only a non-ionic surfactant to control the problem.