Floratam is the most popular variety of grass in Florida. This all-round favorite thrives in direct sunlight and provides an attractive, lush, blue-green lawn. Throughout the state of Florida, this is one of only two varieties that show some resistance to chinch bugs. Floratam has moderate drought tolerance.
Floratam St. Augustine grass is ideal for sunny, moderate traffic areas.
It was originally released in the early 1970's by the Florida and Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations as a SAD virus and chinchbug resistant turfgrass (a portmanteau of FLORida and TexasAM).
Floratam only requires 6 hours of sunlight a day, but prefers the warmer climates of central and southern Florida. It is a vigorous, coarse textured St. Augustine grass. Its stolons are large, with a classic purplish-red color. The internodes average 3 inches in length (which can extend up to 3/4 in. per day) with wider and longer leaf blades than common St. Augustine grass. Tests at A&M concluded that Floratam is the most drought-tolerant of all St. Augustine varieties.
Since Floratam is less cold tolerant than common St. Augustine sod, preconditioning with winterizer fertilizer in the fall is a must.
Following a major four years study of 58 different types of grasses, it was found that there were large variations in drought tolerance among the 5 tested St. Augustine varieties. Floratam showed a high green of shoot recovery and less than 50% leaf firing with recoveries at over 90%. Floratam performed excellently throughout the study in terms of shoot color, turgidity and uniformity.
Floratam should be mowed no higher than 1 1/2 inches in normal weather, or 2 inches or higher in dry, unwatered conditions.
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