There are a variety of species of grass seeds. The time period for their germination varies in each species of seeds. If proper steps and measures are taken to facilitate the grass seed germination, they germinate within the time period. However, below are some of the species of grass seeds.
This species of grass take about 30 days to germinate. Argentine and Pensacola are the most common in these species. These seeds require warm soil temperatures for germination.
Popular in North America, Bentgrass’ germination process takes place within 10-14 days.
Bermuda grass is commonly used in sports fields , lawns, parks and even in golf courses. Bermuda grass germinates within a time frame of 10-30 days.
The Kentucky bluegrass features a very dark colored green grass which have the ability to grow very tall. This species of grass takes about 20-30 days to germinate.
This is a very unique grass as it is resistant to insects and diseases. It is a very low maintenance lawn grass. It takes about 14-28 days for germination.
Carpet grass is a popular species which looks lush and is of very low maintenance. This seed will germinate between 14-21 days.
It is an ideal and appealing grass for those homeowners who would prefer an attractive and low maintenance lawn. This seed takes about 14-21 days for it to germinate
Fescue takes about 7-15 days to germinate. Mostly found in Europe, it grows in a variety of temperatures and grows almost anywhere in the world.
It is an important grass for lawn and pastures. Even some tennis courts are made of ryegrass. Germination occurs within 5-10 days.
This particular species of grass is gaining popularity in the US, especially in the south eastern part. Germination takes place within 10-15 days.
Some other grass seeds include St. Augustine, Scotss and Rye.
Grass Seed Germination Rates and Storage Effects
A germination rate is termed as the amount of seeds that will sprout and grow from the total number of seeds available. Which means that if the seed germination rate is about 90%, then out of 100 seeds, 90 of them will successfully sprout and grow.
The grass seed germination information will be either provided in the label or will be explained by the seller. 90%-95% is usually preferred before buying, but certain seeds contain 80%-85% also. Do a thorough research on them before buying them.
These rates are tested in the laboratories and are tested in optimum settings. The results we get might vary a bit and if the procedure is not followed properly and the seeds are not taken care of, then the seed germination rates decrease from a small 5% to a massive 25%.
To obtain maximum germination rate, procedure should be followed religiously and constant care should be given to the grass. Ways to improve the germination should also be considered. False methods of storage could reduce the grass seed germination rate drastically.
Like any other product, Grass seeds have an expiration date. After a point, the grass just loses its ability to germinate and die. The seeds can be stored maximum for a year. But we would recommend to sow the seeds right after you receive the seeds.
The storage of grass seeds should be done in a cool and at the same time, dry area to retain its seed germination rates. Exposure to heat will cause the seeds to dry and eventually die. Moisture will also affect the life of the seed.
If you are planning to mix a fresh pack of seeds with an already stored one, make sure that not many seeds of the latter are dead, which could affect the growth of grass.