Isolepsis Cernua Seeds - Fiber Optic Ornamental Grass Seed

Isolepsis Cernua Seeds

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Grass Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 8 - 10

Height: 8 inches

Width: 12 - 20 inches

Foliage Color: Soft green

Flower Color: Silver

Growth Rate: Moderate

Fall Color: No change

Soil Requirement: Average to poor soil

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Deer Resistant: Yes

Moisture Requirements: Average to moist

Latin Name: Isolepsis cernua

Planting Directions

Temperature: 64 - 75F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover seed as light is required for germination

Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 - 16 inches

Care & Maintenance: Isolepsis

Fiber Optic Grass (Isolepsis cernua Live Wire) - Not too many ornamental grasses can be called Fiber Optic Grass! This unique ornamental grass plant is ideal for adding texture to mixed containers or as an indoor plant. Start the Isolepsis cernua seeds for a house plant, an addition to the border, or a planting along ponds and water gardens. Isolepsis cernua Livewire is considered to be a sedge, and the name comes from the flower spikes that actually resemble "fiber optic" strands. This ornamental grass offers nice textural contrast with flowering plants. Isolepsis cernua Fiber Optic Grass can be grown as an annual in colder zones or brought indoors for the winter months. A synonymous botanical name is Scirpus cernuus.


How To Grow Fiber Optic Grass: Use small pots filled with seed starting mix. Place the Fiber Optic Grass seed onto the soil and cover thinly with sand or soil. To help keep the ornamental grass seed moist until germination occurs, cover the pots with clear plastic wrap. Move the sedge seedlings to direct sunlight once they have sprouted, either in a south facing window or greenhouse and remove the plastic wrap. Transplant the sedge plants into progressively larger containers as they grow. A mature Fiber Optic Grass plant can be transplanted outdoors into its permanent place usually within one full growing season.