The Q&A Archives: North Sea Oats - Planting From Seed?

Question: We have an excellent growth (two clumps) of North Sea Oats. Fall is coming and the "oats" are turning brown. They are very thin, and am wondering if they should be cut off now and saved, and when to plant. Would like to get much more growing in this particular space.

Answer: North Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) grow from rhizomes or stolens and are best propagated by division. Although the florets are bisexual, they don't always produce viable seed. Divide your established plants by digging down and removing some of the roots with leaf blades attached. The new plants will establish quickly if divided and transplanted in the spring. I'd leave the plants alone for now - part of the beauty of ornamental grasses are the spent flowerheads as they move in the wind.

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