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Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), grass, hamilton native outpost

How to Identify Big Bluestem Seedlings in a First Year Planting

Identifying seedlings is hard. Elizabeth Steele gives an in depth look at identifying characteristics of Big Bluestem seedlings while Colt Hamilton takes takes us to the field to look at Big Bluestem seedlings and some look-a-likes to help you identify this amazing native warm season grass.

This field was established with Panoramic/Plateau herbicide, which has greatly reduced the weed competition. However, with more diverse plantings, this herbicide is not an option, and it becomes more difficult to find and identify Big Bluestem seedlings due to the abundance of weeds. To know what to expect in a first-year diversity planting, check out this video: https://youtu.be/A2i8Ah0THHQ . Big Bluestem has become a popular Native Warm Season Grass for its drought tolerance and impressive size. It is commonly used for wildlife habitat, livestock forage, and restoration plantings. For more information about Big Bluestem, check our storefront: https://hamiltonnativeoutpost.com/product/big-bluestem/

How to Identify Big Bluestem Seedlings in a First Year Planting
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