Kikuyu is a runner variety of grass that can spread rapidly via its Rhizomes and Stolons. It may appear that the leaves of the grass are attached to a thick cord, which is more visible than the cords of other warm season runner variety grasses. It is native to East Africa.
Optimal pH: Kikuyu performs best in soils with moderate acidity (pH 5.5-7.0), but tolerates a pH as low as 4.5
Sowing Tips: Kikuyu prefers fertile, moderately drained, light to medium textured soils. Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area.
Optimal Planting Time: The best time for sowing Kikuyu is late Spring to late Summer. As long as the temperature is within the optimum temperatures of 18-29°C you can expect germination.
For cooler areas of Australia allow enough time after sowing for seedlings to establish to enable them to withstand the first cold days of Winter and frost. A guide for this is approximately 6 weeks post germination. Therefore, sowing early Autumn is usually the latest timeframe recommended for these areas, with Spring to late Summer being preferred.
Grows best between 15 and 25oC but will tolerate up to 40o C. Growth ceases when exposed to regular heavy frosts.
Germination: Within 10–21 days fine Kikuyu hairs should appear, however this is condition and climate dependent.
Water: With the seed so close to the surface, it should be watered quite frequently with light water applications to maintain soil moisture consistently until germination is complete. This will keep the seedlings from drying out as they sprout. Once established it tolerates low water and drought conditions well. It can tolerate some waterlogging as well as moderate salinity levels.
Fertilising: Kikuyu is particularly demanding for Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P). The McKays Slow Release Fertiliser is the perfect fertiliser for the needs of Kikuyu. This can also be used in combination with the seed when sowing.
First Mowing: First mowing should occur when the runners are approximately 20cm long (not high) and have taken root.
Mowing Frequency: Kikuyu should be kept to around 5cm in height to reduce thatching of the grass. It is one of the fastest growing warm season grasses and will have increased mowing requirements through the active growth phase in the warmer months. During dormancy in the winter months the growth of Kikuyu will slow significantly and reduce the mowing requirements.
Disadvantages of Kikuyu:
- Pasture dominated by Kikuyu is unsuitable for horses to graze
- More mowing requirement than some other warm season varieties
- Can be susceptible to diseases such as Kikuyu Yellows
- Easily spreads into other vegetation and areas where it is not required to grow, grass clippings should not be used in compost as this can cause seeds collected via mowing to germinate
Seed & package details: 100% Kikuyu Seed
Independently Tested: 85% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.
Ideal Usage: Residential lawns, paddocks, coastal areas, acreages, sporting fields, playgrounds, airports, pastures, caravan parks.
Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Areas: AUSTRALIA WIDE
Shade tolerance: Fine
Daily Sunlight Required: 6+ hours
Drought tolerance: Excellent
Frost Resistance: Moderate
Traffic Tolerance: Excellent
Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.
Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter
Shade tolerance (Weather)
- Full Sun
- Part Shade
- Heavy Shade
- Full Shade
Drought tolerance (Weather)
Traffic tolerance (Weather)
Average days to germination
- 2-3 Weeks
- 2-4 Weeks
- 3-4 Weeks
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Very good advice and delivery was efficient and no fuss.
Here in Brisbane the germination started in 5 days and the strike rate has been extremely high. The colour is uniform and vibrant - the best seed I have ever purchased. You certainly get what you pay for - a high quality product!
These were delivered to us in a couple of days. Fantastic service. Did a bit of research before purchasing. You can buy cheaper but then you get what you pay for. Some of the cheaper ones are a blend which was not suitable for us. Supporting local as well which is great. This was a far cheaper way to seed a huge amount of area. Perfect timing for us to do this and we look forward to a beautiful looking lawn in a few months.
I ordered these from Lord Howe Island (600km off the coast of NSW) and they reached me in just over 24 hours! Only planted them yesterday, so can't comment on performance yet, but sure they'll be great. Cheers!
Arrived quickly sown last week about 10 days ago appears to be a good germination result