Pensacola Bahia

Brown’s Raw Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed

This fast-growing grass is popular in the Southern United States, especially in Florida. In fact, it is estimated it covers 2.5 million acres in Florida alone. Ranchers prefer this grass because it tolerates a wider range of soil conditions, is easily established, withstands close grazing, can produce moderate yields on low fertility soil, and is relatively insect and disease-free. Pensacola Bahia tends to survive in sandy soils and has some cold tolerance. However, a moderate frost can kill top growth. In Florida, it germinates on both upland well-drained sand and the moist, poorly-drained flatwood soils of peninsular Florida.

About Pensacola Bahia

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Bahiagrass is a warm-season grass that produces more grazing in the summer than winter. Due to the longer growing season, forage growth is more evenly distributed throughout the year in southern Florida than in northern Florida.

In southern Florida, growth of bahiagrass pastures slows in October, and many pastures have very little forage after mid-December, until the grass starts growing again during early March. In northern Florida, Bahiagrass pastures are productive from April to November. On selected sites, the grazing season can be extended by overseeding cool-season legumes and grasses on the Bahiagrass pastures. These cool-season forages provide additional late winter and early spring grazing.

Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed Information


Planting Time: Spring/Summer
Type: Permanent
Maintenance: Low
Applications: Lawns, Pastures, and Roadsides
Germination Period: 12-24 months (full pasture)
Climate: Southern United States
Seed Rate: 5-10 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. (new lawns); 25-100 lbs. per acre (pastures)
Seed Depth: ¼ inch

Planting Instructions


New Lawns: 5-10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 2-5 lbs. per 1000 sq. Remove unwanted vegetation then spread bare spots with seed either by hand or with a spreader. Lightly rake, making sure the seed is no deeper than ¼ inch.


New Pastures: 25-100 lbs. per acre.

Climate Zone(s)

  • Warm Season
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