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Miscanthus tolerates a wide range of soil types and can be planted even on lean soils, and can grow to a height of 3.5 m (about 10 to 11 feet). Dry matter production from biomass collected after the second vegetation season is up to 8 metric tons per hectare and can increase in subsequent years to as high as 20 to 40 tons depending on the climate and soil quality.
Miscanthus x giganteus does not form seeds and thus does not spread beyond its plantation area. It is propagated mainly by in vitro techniques, as well as by rhizome (underground stem) cuttings.
Miscanthus straw is harvested in March and April, when the water content in tissues is relatively low. Stems can be cut with harvesters traditionally used for maize, but machines designed specifically for miscanthus cutting, chopping, pressing and baling are available on the market. The calorific value of dry straw ranges between 17.0 and 19.5 MJ/kg.