Quickest Way To Grow Northern Sea Oats

Q: I have grown a small patch of northern sea oats, Chasmanthium latifolium, from seed supplied by a friend. What is the quickest way to make it grow bigger? 

A: I have a love-hate relationship with northern sea oats. On one hand, the beauty and gracefulness of the brown seeds hanging from the ends of branches are gorgeous. On the other hand, a small patch of sea oats will soon become a big problem. The seeds germinate easily, and you will see sprouts the year after you admire the seeds. You won’t know anything is problematic, but neither did the girl swimming at the beginning of Jaws.

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