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Old 08-17-2011, 12:40 AM
 
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Hello all, I have a somewhat crazy idea.

I was wondering if anyone has tried or can suggest how to grow grass as a potted plant.

I have a west facing balcony here in south florida. I would prefer a drought resistant kind. There is a field nearby I was going to cut out a patch but wanted to know more.

OBVIOUSLY, there are many kinds of grass. There is a bladed one common here in Miami (mother tells me they are drought resistant). Anyone have thoughts?
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:02 AM
 
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I'll assume you mean lawn type grasses
Heres some ideas once you find a variety you like..
potted grass plants - Google Search
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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That is a really fun idea! Perhaps Zoysia would be a good choice for you? I would set up the soil mix so that it had very good drainage and buy a small pack of Zoysia plugs. It would fill in the top pretty quickly in a pot. You could also consider good ole Bahia.

Here is a link to the UF agricutural extension page on Florida lawngrasses, you can read up on the various types and see which best suits your needs.

Grasses (Florida Lawn Handbook, 3rd ed)
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! I have a plant obsession at the moment.
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:24 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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There's some grass advertised on TV all the time that needs little or no soil. In the commercial it even grew on a concrete block with no dirt. Might check on one of those "as seen on TV" websites.
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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I would let it grow and never mow it.....
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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There is nothing crazy about it. A friend of ours bought some grass which looks like a carpet and put it in the roof that they had access to and they have a nice grass carpet there now every summer.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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I guess my question for you all would be soil recommendations.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:03 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Can I make a little fun suggestion? If you know someone with children there is something you could do with grass seed that they would like. When you cook with eggs, break it open at the small end so you have most of the egg shell intact. Put a sponge in the bottom and sprinkle it with grass seed. Then, on the outside of the shell paint a funny face. The grass will grow out of the top of the "head" and the youngsters can let it grow long or they can trim it like a hair cut.
I also have some more info on the infomercial grass I mentioned in a earlier post. Wife and I went to Lowes the other day and there is some grass seed that is guaranteed to grow anywhere. That may be what you need. If you're going to grow it as a potted plant you could probably use potting soil or just about anything like that.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Avoid cutting patches of grass in property that belongs to someone else. Taking something from property that doesn't belong to you is a crime and imo immoral.

Now that my duty is done, I say go for it as far as growing grass in a pot. Grass generally needs a lot of sunlight, so depending on the conditions on the patio, a shade-loving grass may do better. You can buy grass seed or grass plugs from a variety of sources.
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