Grasses to grow in aviary and where to source them

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Glow
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Hi,

I am building a planted finch aviary (my first!) and would like to obtain a couple of species of grasses that I can grow in the aviary and also potentially in pots.

I would like species that stay under 2m, produce seed heads for the birds, are ideally fine leafed, hardy and drought tolerant. Can anyone recommend a couple of species and more importantly let me know how I get my hands on them!

Many thanks
Graham
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Talk nicely to finchos in your area, about what they would recommend and where to get them. Then they may be kind enough to give you small plants. That's how I got a backyard full of seeding grass plants.
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davlee
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I grow by planting finch seed in pots. They seed really well. The gouldians love the seed when it is green or ripe.
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Glow
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Many thanks davlee. That sounds like a sensible thing to do. When I was reading on the net and people mention Panic, Veldt, Tussock, Barnyard, Guinea grass etc, I assumed I should try and source these separately?

Thanks Graham
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Planting birdseed is my 2nd go to. It is useful - particularly with Aussie grown seed - as imported stuff is not viable in many cases.
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Up on the Mid North Coast and even in some parts of Sydney,there is plenty of Green Panic growing in the table drains and on the side of the road.Grab a shovel and go and dig up some reasonable sized plants and transplant a couple into the aviary and put some in big tubs.
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