Great Grow Out
The Great Grow Out program is designed to empower volunteers to grow native plants in the comfort of their own homes, as part of a civic or neighborhood group, or as part of scouting. Volunteer growers are given packets of locally collected prairie seeds and asked to grow these plants in pots. Plants are then returned to KPC and staff nurture the plants until they are ready to be planted. Seed packing parties, seed collecting field trips, and nursery volunteer days are also an important part of this program. This program helps KPC grow over 10,000 plants annually for use in the Prairie Builder Schools + Parks program, in KPC restoration sites, and to support other restoration efforts in the region.
Don't forget to keep a few for your garden!
NEW! Great Grow Out has expanded to include the entire plant growing cycle: Join us also to collect seeds, to clean and pack seeds, to take care of the potted plants at the KPC nursery (at the field office), and to put these plants in the ground on our planting days. Scroll down for year-round flyer.
2019 Seeds Available NOW!
If you'd like to be a part of this year's Great Grow Out, please fill out this form (click here for form) and seeds will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, email Lan Shen or call 713-523-6135. Each seed packet has enough seeds for 18, 4"X4" pots.
Available seeds are listed below. To view photos and information about each plant, click the corresponding link. Scroll to the bottom of this page for additional photos.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Texas Coneflower (Rudbeckia texana)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Yellow Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
Splitbeard bluestem (Andropogon ternarius)
Rosinweed (Silphium radula var. gracile)
Ready to return your seedlings for use in a restoration project? Email Lan, or give KPC a call at 713-523-6135!
We welcome comments from our growers!
Sent by Mary Hawkins who grew out rattlesnake master: I … [researched] and found the following information which was helpful. The seeds grow best when planted in the fall and over wintered in a protected environment. Also, rattlesnake master seedlings grow at glacial speed, and some seeds can take more than twelve weeks to sprout… I planted several seeds in each pot, and germination stretched over a six month period!
Learn To Grow Plants
Don't have a green thumb but want to try growing natives? Take a look through our handbook or watch the videos below to get started!
Additional resource about many plants of the coastal prairie from Louisiana to the Texas Coastal Bend: Guide to the Plants of Louisiana
Videos for Growers:
Participate in a seed collecting trip
We host seed collecting trips throughout the year. Email Lan if you are interested in seed collecting.
Great Grow Out is now an all year round activity!
To participate or for more information, email Lan, or give KPC a call at 713-523-6135!
Species information cards
Click on one of the species cards below for more detailed information about how each species benefits people and wildlife!