Dactylis (orchard grass) is a long-lived and fast growing perennial that produces faster re-growth in summer than Timothy grass. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow orchard grass from seed.

Dactylis glomerata
Family: Poaceae


Exposure: Full sun to shade
Zone: Dactylis is hardy to Zone 4

Direct sow when the nights are cool around the time of the last frost and the 4-6 weeks that follow. Plant again as the weather cools, 8-10 weeks before the first frost date. Expect germination in 7-14 days.

Just cover the seeds and tamp the soil, then lightly mulch. Sow at a rate of 4.5kg (10 lb) per acre, or mix 2.5kg (5 lb) orchard grass with 4.5kg (10 lb) crimson clover per acre.

Left to grow, Dactylis can reach a height of 140cm (55"). It is one of the finest silage grasses, producing quality hay.