Seed Research of Oregon is proud to announce that Grande Tall Fescue has been granted a Plant Variety Protection Certificate (PVP) by the United States Department of Agriculture (PVP Certificate Number 9500126). Grande, developed by Dr. Leah Brilman, Seed Research's Plant Breeder and Director of Research, was granted the PVP based, among other things, on its unique ability to produce rhizomes. A rhizome is a specialized stem that acts as an energy storage organ and means of propagation. In space plantings Grande has been shown to produce rhizomes on up to 67% of the plants. In addition to rhizomes, Grande has very high levels of Endophyte.
Sod growers using Grande in their mixtures report harvesting much faster as the rhizomes help to knit the turf together, earlier for stronger sod. The high Endophyte levels also gives Grande the ability to produce more disease resistant plants and ward off many surface-feeding insects.
Unlike Tall Fescue varieties that do not have rhizomes, Grande will fill in bare spots quicker making it an ideal choice for low maintenance sports fields and golf course roughs.
Limited amounts of sod quality and certified Grande are currently available, so please call to request your Grande now.