Germination – Hybrid Bermuda Grass

Q: Does the seed from hybrid bermuda grass seed heads germinate? My sodded yard in is full of them.

A: Hybrid bermudagrass may form seedheads but there is no good seed inside. Sodded bermudagrass used for lawns is typically a cross between Cynodon dactylon and Cynodon. transvaalensis. C. dactylon has twice the chromosomes of C. transvaalensis so the hybrid doesn’t produce viable seed. Copious seedhead production is usually a reaction to drought stress.