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AZ-1 Improved Kikuyugrass

AZ-1 Improved Kikuyugrass


AZ-1 Kikuyugrass is an improved selection from the variety 'Whittet'. It is less vigorous and non-invasive than common or Whittet. AZ-1 was developed and introduced by Arizona Plant Breeders, Inc. and Arizona Kikuyu LTD. It is a warm season grass that is more cold tolerant than bermudagrass and holds its color longer in winter months, especially near the coast.

AZ-1 Improved Kikuyugrass
San Diego State University, Tony Gwynn Stadium

AZ-1 Improved Kikuyugrass
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Warm-season grass (not for cold or high elevation) Low maintenance
Vigorous grower Withstands traffic
Produces quick cover Drought tolerant along coast
Moderate shade tolerance


Golf Courses and large, low maintenance turf areas. Grows where most other grass will not grow. Excellent for erosion control, pastures and sportsfields.

Seeding Rates

New turf: 50-100 pounds per acre or 1-2 pounds per 1,000 square feet.
Sow seed in spring-summer. Prechilling seed for 5 days at 40 degrees will improve germination by 5%. It is best to drill seed rather than broadcasting. Drill at 1/2 to 3/4 inch depth. If broadcasting cover with 1/2 inch of soil or mulch. Normal germination period is 14-21 days.

Adaptability & Care

Moderate irrigation in warm weather
Mowing height from 1 to 3 inches
Fertilize three times per year during growing season every other month. Use 'Stover Seed Kikuyu Plus' fertilizers. Contact our office or visit our website for fertilizer specification sheets.

Ingredients & Specifications

Kikuyugrass ‘AZ-1’ (Pennisetum clandestinum)
95% Minimum purity
85% Minimum germination.
180,000 seeds per pound.

RESTRICTIONS: By order of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, this seed may only be planted in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Seed may not be taken to any other states without a permit from the USDA.

Quality Assurance

AYSO Field, Palos Verdes
LA Center for Enriched Studies Field, Los Angeles, California
San Diego State Sports Field

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