Setaria Italica Seed - Foxtail Millet Ornamental Grass Seeds

Setaria Italica Seeds - Hylander

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Grass Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 5 - 10

Height: 36 inches

Width: 24 inches

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: Bronze

Growth Rate: Moderate

Fall Color: No change

Soil Requirement: Rich, organic soil

Environment: Full sun

Deer Resistant: Yes

Moisture Requirements: Low

Latin Name: Setaria italica

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 2 - 4 weeks

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Cover seeds lightly

Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 inches

Care & Maintenance: Setaria

Setaria italica (Setaria italica Hylander) - If you enjoy attracting birds to your landscape, start Setaria italica seed to grow this ornamental millet grass that is known as Foxtail Millet. Foxtail Millet Highlander provides nutritious, palatable seeds that will attract both birds and small mammals. Ornamental millet is a splendid and robust ornamental grass that is attractive in the landscape with pendulous seed heads. Foxtail Millet is often used for cutting and makes a great addition to flower arrangements with its dense, thick flower heads. If the flower heads are left to dry and ripen, this millet is highly attractive to wildlife from September through October.

How To Grow Foxtail Millet From Ornamental Grass Seeds: Start ornamental millet seeds indoors in early spring. Cover the Setaria italica seeds lightly and keep them moist. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, separate them out and grow them individually in their own pot. Once frost danger has passed the Foxtail Millet grass can be transplanted outside. In areas with a long growing season, Foxtail Millet seeds can be started directly outdoors after frost danger has passed. However, with a later start, the seed heads may not mature completely in the early fall to attract wildlife. Ornamental millet grows best in a rich, well-drained soil, and it does not perform well in shade.