How to Grow Monkey Grass from Seed

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4-10-2016, 14:00
Monkey grass is a perennial evergreen that is native to Asia. It is also known as Lily turf, border grass, mondo grass and snake's beard. It produces 10 to 18 inch (24.5 to 45.7 cm) grass-like blades, and then blossoms and flowers, creating new seeds that you can plant. Monkey grass is popular because it is drought-resistant and pest-resistant. The most common way of planting monkey grass from seed is to take it from another blossoming plant. Read on to find out how to grow monkey grass from seed.


  1. Harvest monkey grass seeds from monkey grass blossoms. These blossoms usually arrive in late summer or early fall.
    • Clip the blossom stems that hold the seeds. Dry the stems by hanging them in a room with good circulation.
    • Pull the seeds from the stem by hand. They should fall off fairly easily.
    • If you get monkey grass from a landscape or garden supplier, make sure the seeds are fresh. Monkey grass will not store for longer than 2 weeks, without losing its capacity to germinate. They should be stored in wet or humid conditions.
  2. Make preparations to plant monkey grass in early fall. Choose a time when there will be some sun, but not much rain. Monkey grass seeds are easily washed away.
    • If you live in colder, northern climates, you will have a better chance of germination if you buy seeds and plant in the early spring.
  3. Choose a location for your grass that is in partial sun and drains very well.
  4. Remove weeds or any other vegetation in that spot. Weeds compete for the same soil nutrients that the grass will need to germinate and grow.
    • The type of weeds will vary widely depending upon your location. Weeding can be done with a rake and by hand with smaller or deeply rooted weeds.
  5. Spread compost into your soil to make it acidic. Use a tiller to combine the compost into the soil. You can also use fertilizers with urea, ammonia and sulfate to add acid to the soil.
  6. Set aside a mixture of 2 parts topsoil and 1 part compost to cover your seeds.
  7. Insert dividers into the soil. They should be 8 to 12 inches (20.3 to 30.5 cm) deep, if you want to contain monkey grass. Most varietals of monkey grass are aggressive and they will take over surrounding areas if dividers aren't used.
  8. Gather your monkey grass seeds. The amount you need will depend upon the area you want to fill. You will need to plant the seeds in 3 different areas, so divide your seeds into 3 equal groups.
  9. Walk over the planting area going straight from 1 end to another. Sprinkle a third of the seeds into the soil in this direction.
  10. Sprinkle a third of the seeds while walking in a perpendicular direction over the planting area.
  11. Cover the seeds with the compost and topsoil mix, so that they are 1 inch (2.54 cm) below the surface.
  12. Sprinkle the last third of the seeds on top of the soil.
  13. Water the soil regularly. It should be moist while the seeds germinate. Seeds should sprout within 1 month.
  14. Water 2 to 3 times per week once seedlings appear.


  • Mow your monkey grass only once a year in the early spring.
  • The optimal temperature for germination is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius.) If your temperatures in fall or spring are much lower than that, you may want to germinate the seeds in a greenhouse, or buy and plant monkey grass in plant form.
  • For precise landscape design, use a seed spreader or slit seeder to plant your seeds.


  • Do not water monkey grass during the winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Tiller
  • Monkey grass seeds
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Dividers
  • Lawn mower
  • topsoil
  • Gardening gloves
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