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Planting material

Planting using a semi-automatic planter

The crop, 1 month after bedding out

The crop, 4 months after bedding out

The crop in the winter

Miscanthus x Giganteus

The Miscanthus Giganteus is also known as Chinese silver grass or Elephant grass.

Once planted and you can harvest at least twenty years!

Miscanthus is a very economical and ecological plant: Once planted and you do not have to look after it for the next twenty years. You don't have to fertilize, irrigate of treat it with pesticides. The only annual costs are the harvest costs.

Miscanthus is a C4 - plant. These kinds of plants grow very fast and live a long time. Once the Miscanthus is planted, it sprouts itself every year. One may expect that the rootstock in the ground will sprout for 20 to 25 years again and again.
Miscanthus does not grow seeds in Central Europe. Therefore, the propagation is vegetative.

For this purpose we breed rhizomes you may either plant by hand or by using semi-automatic planters. For one square meter only one single rhizome is necessary. That means that for one hectare (11960 square yards) 10.000 rhizomes are required. Ideally, the rhizomes are bedded out in April.

The crop in the second year (late autumn)

The harvest using a corn harvester

The crop

One hectare (11960 square yards) of Miscanthus results in a raw material crop of approximately 15 tons dried Miscanthus.
When burning this amount it corresponds to a heat value of approximately 8.000 liters fuel oil. 2, 23 kilos Miscanthus with about 15% water at harvest time in spring corresponds to a heat value of one liter fuel oil.
Basically, the Miscanthus manages to survive without fertilization. Miscanthus grows well in soil that is also well suited for corn. Temperatures of minus twenty degrees Celsius are no problem for these plants.

However, during the first two years after planting weeds must be taken care of. The Miscanthus tolerates all pesticides that are used to protect corn. In the third autumn the Miscanthus loses so many leaves that weeds cannot grow again. Therefore, there are no further expenses for pesticides.

Miscanthus may be harvest for the first time in the spring after planting. In winter the plant has sufficient time for drying; the leaves and sprouts fall off and the plant dries out to a water content of approximately ten to fifteen percent. Miscanthus may be harvested using with a corn harvester or a cutting unit and a large-scale baler.

What is Miscanthus used for?

As fuel
The simplest possible use is to burn of the plant in order to heat
As garden decoration
Hackled Miscanthus is ideal for decorating and fertilizing your garden. It replaces bark mulch.

As substitute for straw in strawberry cultures
Miscanthus is a perfect substitute for straw in strawberry fields.

Miscanthus may be pressed to briquettes WITHOUT any binding material.

Miscanthus as cover material in the garden

As bedding for animals

Cleaned and hackled Miscanthus provides good bedding for horses and small animals.

As substitute for turf
Defibrated and fermented Miscanthus may be used as a substitute for turf planted in flower soil.

As building material

Miscanthus is well suited for producing various building materials. It is used for production of pavements and insulating boards, wall filling in prefabricated buildings, and for manufacturing bricks.


As fuel and substitute for plastics
Well-known companies, such as Shell, are currently involved in the development of technologies for the production of fuels and for substituting plastics using Miscanthus.

We are available for advice and deliver first class and certified planting material!

Order plant material in time for the planting season 2010!


Stephanshart 55
A-3321 Ardagger

Tel: 00 43 (0)7479-6758
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