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Tifton 9 Bahia Grass Seed Is A Certified Seed
Tifton 9 is a finer bladed, faster growing and establishes quicker in the seedling stage. It is used extensively in pastures throughout the Southeast. It withstands colder soil temps, thus can be planted further north in
the Southern States. Available from both seed and sod sources commercially. But usually planted using seeds. Note that "officially" Tifton 9 can only be sold and purchased as a certified seed, thus ensuring variety purity.
Seedland.com only sells certified Tifton 9.
Tifton 9 Quick Facts
Fertilizer Requirements: About average - .5 to 1 LB N per 1000 sq. ft./per
month, or 1-2 times year.
Water Requirements: Very good drought tolerance. But of course Tifton 9 will perform best with plentiful rain or irrigation. Tifton 9, as with any bahia grass will turn brown under drought
stress, but recovers fast. Not usually killed by drought.
Traffic Durability: Excellent
Mowing Requirements: Weekly to a height of
2-3 inches. Does not support low mowing. This is a lush full grass. Mowing can be required
every 5 to 7 days during peak summer growth (July).
Shade Tolerance: Tifton9 Bahia Grass, as with all bahia grass, performs well in full sun. Bahia grass will tolerate only slight shade. You will notice that Bahia grass will thin out over time within the drip line of trees,
so plant Bahia grass in full sun for optimum results.
Disease & Insect Problems: Brown patch - Army worms, mole crickets. Generally less susceptible than Argentine bahia grass
Soil type Requirements: Best in neutral soils of 6.0 to 7.0 pH. But Tifton 9 will generally grow in all soil types.
Establishment Methods: Seeds, Sod, Sprigging- Fast establishment from seeds possible during summer plantings with adequate soil moisture. The preferred
method is seeds.
|Tifton 9 Bahia - Pastures
Establish A Tifton 9 Pasture
Tifton 9 pastures have the highest protein of
the three primary Bahia varieties sold. This hardy grower can produce 25-40% more in pasture forage than other Bahia's under the best of conditions. With longer blades
and faster growth from seedlings weed control is a snap. The best possible
planting of Tifton will be on ground not previously planted by another variety of
Bahia. This keeps the Tifton 9 from crossbreeding with inferior Bahias.
Planting two seasonal crops back to back with legumes, millets, ryegrasses, etc.
will help to keep old stands from growing back and prepare your site for seeding with the
improved Tifton 9. Soil testing will tell you how much lime and fertilizer
will be needed. If you have used legumes then the fertility of the soil will already be
improved. It is best to plant on a weed free and prepared seed bed.
Planting Rates For Tifton 9 Bahia Grass Seed
Tifton 9 Pasture seeding rate: 10-25 lb./A
Seeding Lawns 4-8 /1000SQ 175-350 lb./A