Green Panic

Panicum maximum

Key Features

 

  • Broader and darker green leaf
  • More robust root system
  • Ability to grow longer into the season.

 

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    Green Panic is on of the most palatable tropical species. It is better suited to higher rainfall regions and fertile well drained soils, but needs to be managed well.

    Gatton Panic is also very palatable and is regarded as being more vigorous, drought tolerant and tougher than green panic. Suited to sub-tropical areas with fertile, well-drained soils, it also has good shade tolerance. It is similar to Green Panic except it has broader greener leaves.

     

    Species Origin:

    Africa

     

    Plant Characteristics:

    Growth habit – roots readily at nodes and can remain green for longer period into the growing season. The Plant is persistent and re-establishes quickly after trampling or long dry periods due to its robust root system.

    Uses – when grown for grazing, it combines well with legumes and appears relatively tolerant to shading.

    Adaptation – performs best in hot and humid conditions. However, it is susceptible to waterlogging and flooded conditions. It is recommended for frost – free areas with 750 mm – 1750mm rainfall.

     

    Seed Characteristics:

    Seeds are very small and fine - up to 1.5million seeds/kg. Shallow seeding is recommended for better establishment.

    Dormancy – can be a problem, affecting germination and establishment.

    Establishment – due to its small seeds, it requires shallow seeding and can prove to be slower to establish.

     

    Recommended Seeding Rate:

    Bare seed at 2-6kg/ha
    Coated seed at 3-12kg/ha

    Tropical Grass

    Any warm-season grass including species such as Paspalum, Rhodes grass, Digit grass, Panic grass, Kikuyu, Setaria etc.