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Zoysia Grass Origins
All varieties of Zoysia were developed from the three species which are
Matrella and Tenuifolia. Varieties
from the matrella and tenufolia species are most often planted from sod, sprigs
or plugs. Seeds were not normally available
SEED VARIETIES - The japonica species is
the only one at this time from which seeds have been produced. Both Zenith
(pictured at the right here) & Compadre are seeded selections from this species. Both
species have has impressive performance.
Zoysia Seed And Plug Varieties
- Varieties that can be grown from seed are Improved
varieties, and the common Zoysias;
Including Panda and Traveler Brand. Seeded varieties should ONLY be planted
into prepared bare soil areas. Meyer used to be sold as
seeds, but is only available as plugs / sod at this time.
- Vegetative Varieties that are vegetatively propagated are El Toro,
Empress, Belair, Cashmere, Sunburst, De Anza, Victoria and Meyer just to name a few.
(Links shown to plug & seed varieties available at Seedland.)
- CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES of Zoysias.
Zoysia Variety Details And Descriptions
Zenith Zoysia is sold here by SEEDLAND. Zenith Zoysia grass is one of the few seeded
zoysia varieties that is easily planted and grown on a well-prepared seedbed. Zenith Zoysia makes a beautiful, dense, warm season turf.
Once fully established this variety can perform well in high traffic
areas. Zenith germinates in 14-24 days in soil temperatures of at least 70
degrees with Irrigation. Sow up until 90 before frost above the North Carolina border and up 60 days before frost
in the rest of the frost zones of the south. Best results are
achieved by planting in early spring when soil temps reach 65
degrees or higher.
Click here to see a golf course planted in zenith zoysia.
Empire Zoysia is available as grass plugs from
Seedland.com. Empire Zoysia has tight blade
growth which contributes to the depth of color found in
Zoysia. With its wide blades and luscious dark green hue
that lasts through much of the winter, it's truly a turf grass
that will make your neighbors jealous. You'll also enjoy greatly
enhanced curb appeal for your home. It is one of the few grasses
rated to perform well in all zones. As hardy as it is
attractive, Empire has a deep, thick root structure and is more
drought tolerant than most varieties of Zoysia once established.
In addition, slow growth plus natural cinch bug and chemical
resistance mean your lawn will require less maintenance, mowing
and watering than with other types of warm season grass.
Emerald Zoysia is a varietal hybrid of japonica and
tenuifolia and can only be grown with propagation methods by sprigging or plugs. Emerald zoysia
has a deep green color as the name implies and was developed to be faster
growing and is used mostly on golf courses in the south. At the present time,
Seedland does NOT sell Emerald Zoysia.
El Toro Zoysia was developed in the state of California and is a
variety developed from the species japonica. This variety has the best shade tolerance of the Zoysia
grass varieties and also has good drought resistance. El Toro is grown by
vegetative propagation. At the present time, Seedland does NOT sell El Toro Zoysia.
Meyer (Amazoy) also called Z52 was introduced as the best grass variety in
America and was highly written about in articles as the new breed of
has beautiful color, density and fair cold tolerance allowing the areas
of adaptation to
extend farther North than other warm season grasses can grow. Propagated methods are
sod, plugs, and sprigs. Meyer seeds are only occasionally
available. Currently Seedland does NOT sell Meyer seed.
Other varieties such as Cashmere, Zorro, etc. may be
sold by local sod company suppliers - Seedland does not
currently sell these varieties as plugs or sod. NOTE that
Seedland only sells plugs (no sod) - For sod check in yellow
pages under "sodding" or "landscaping".
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Zoysia Seeds at Seedland
TURF QUALITY ZOYSIA GRASS SEED
We also sell Zoysia
Zenith ZOYSIA Variety
--- Can be
planted from seed!
NOTICE: Please note that we ONLY
recommend Zoysia seeds for use in bare soil areas.
Planting seeds into existing grasses has a HIGH
FAILURE rate. If planting into an existing lawn (grass and/or weeds) we recommend that you consider using Zoysia plugs
instead of seeds.
Below: Zenith Zoysia planted on a golf
Two important requirements for seeding Zenith
(1) Plant at
higher seed rates for best results (recommended rates are 1-2 lbs. per 1000 sq.ft.)
(2) Water daily or even multiple times daily for first 30 days of establishment
(starting from when you plant). Then water every other day for
next 4-6 weeks. If you can't water (irrigate) don't plant Zoysia.
Zoysia is a slow grower when
plugged or sprigged and WILL take about two years to achieve a fully covered and
established lawn. Seeding with Zenith Zoysia seeds, and following the instructions given for a
new establishment, under good conditions you can expect much sooner coverage
of your lawn with a fairly established during the first growing
season, and complete coverage your second year.
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