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The Facts  ::  Seed Vs Sprigs

Traditionally, seashore paspalum spreads through stolons and rhizomes, rather than through seeding. This presents a potential problem for superintendents who wish to propagate the species through sprigging on their golf courses: How much is enough? If one orders a bushel of sprigs, it's difficult to know how much plant material will be sent. Has the bushel of sprigs been compacted or is it filled loosely or something in between? The advantage of seeded seashore paspalum lies in the consistency of volume in the seed—approximately 800,000 per raw pound. Given this dependable measure, there's no guesswork in determining the amount needed to establish coverage over any given area. Obviously, working with a known quantity is easier and ultimately more economical, than working with an unknown quantity.

Again, working with a known quantity allows for more consistent application, even when numerous workers or varying experience levels are spreading new plant materials.

Finally, seeding provides a smoother, more even growing surface than sprigging, where the concentration of stolons and rhizomes within the sprigs may result in disparate patches of growth, and the sprigs themselves may create excess bio-matter in some areas and thinner spots in others.