Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about Kurapia? Start here for answers to commonly asked questions.

What is Kurapia

What is Kurapia for?
Kurapia is a UC Tested, one of a kind, patented plant that can be used as a replacement for lawn, as a groundcover for areas that’s hard to maintain like slopes, and areas with challenging sunlight and heat, like between buildings are around concrete and asphalt. It’s drought tolerant quality makes it idea for a multitude of uses.

Does it bloom?
Why yes! Kurapia has a signature white flowers that look a little like clover flowers, only more globular. It’s very attractive to pollinators and beneficial insects, making it good for the health of the local ecology without needing much water.

Is Kurapia a grass?
Kurapia is not a grass, it’s actually in the very hardy Verbenaceae family, which is known for deep taproots and longevity.

How is Kurapia so drought resistant?
This carefully selected plant grows deep tap roots, up to seven feet sometimes, that enables the plant to access water reserves not found in many other plants water missing except shrubs and trees.  The plant forms a thick dense mat that protects soil from evaporating, unlike upright groundcovers like grass.

Can I use Kurapia at a golf course?
Sure! We have found Kurapia works great in the “Rough” areas since it can be kept low to find balls easily, and can handle the occasional swing.

How fast does Kurapia plugs grow?
Typically, you can expect full coverage if you space the plugs roughly 15 inches from each other in less than two months. Winter chill will slow this down somewhat.

How was Kurapia created?
Kurapia was created and patented after many years of selective breeding and selection in Japan.

How does Kurapia grow?
Kurapia spreads by stolons, a creeping horizontal plant stem that roots along its length to form new plants. Therefore, it keeps replenishing itself.

Can I walk on Kurapia?
Absolutely! Kurapia can handle all kinds of foot traffic and use with the exception of intense activities like sports.

Does Kurapia suppress weeds?
Once Kurapia is established, weed growth is severely diminished, due to the tight coverage of the leaves over the soil. Decreased watering helps this significantly.

Is Kurapia safe around animals?
Kurapia is a non-toxic plant, and it grows just fine if animals relieve themselves on it.

Buying Kurapia

How can I order Kurapia?
You can buy it right here (PLACE LINK HERE TO ORDER). Where else is it available? We can service you directly for special orders and questions as well by emailing us at info@kurapia.com. You can also purchase Kurapia plugs and sod through our official distributors, kurapiapluggs.comkurapiadirect.com and Armstrong Growers Landscape Department. 

How long until my order arrives?
If you can place your order before Friday afternoon, we can typically get it to you next Wednesday, Thursday outside of California. With an additional $5 we can ship Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for California and Thursdays and Fridays in other states

Where else can you ship?
We can ship Kurapia all over the United States, but we suggest you ship to USDA Zones 7b and warmer. Zone 7a works as well but the plants may go dormant in the wintertime. Anything below you can purchase at your own risk, but it may go dormant longer for a longer time. For best results, stick to Zone 7b and below. Use this map (photos is sent) or use this link (link to USDA Zone Finder) to find your zone. In areas above 9a and warmer Kurapia stays fully green all year round..

I need it tomorrow, this weekend, or sooner. Can I just pick it up at your nursery?
Actually no, Kurapia is grown at Takao Nursery in Fresno. If you’re near that area you can arrange to pickup the plants directly from them to save on the shipping fee. Email us at info@kurapia.com if you want to do this.

Can I order Kurapia Sod?
Yes! We have Sod companies in California, and more are being produced in Nevada, Arizona, and other regions. Very exciting. Email us at info@kurapia.com to order or contact West Coast Turf (link to West Coast Turf website) or Delta Bluegrass (link to Delta Bluegrass website) in California.

Can I order Kurapia in gallons, pots, or mud flats?
We want our customers to get the best quality product, so we only sell Kurapia in plugs (and sod through carefully selected sod growers). Other sizes are harder to control quality and consistency, and that is why we only sell from one grower in one size.

  Does Kurapia have discounts for landcape professionals?
Yes we do, you can specify this when filling out a new applications, or you can fill out a regular application and contact us at info@kurapia.com, and fill out our application. The application is available (HERE).

How do I plant Kurapia?

I haven’t planted anything in this spot, can I plant Kurapia now?
Typically if you haven’t had plants in a spot in awhile, you probably haven’t watered it either and it may have weed seeds. If this is the case, water the site thoroughly and cull all weeds that emerge before planting

My site has hard, compacted soil, can I plant Kurapia now?
It’s important that you have loose, friable soil for Kurapia to grow. If this is the case, rototill with a little compost to get things loosened up. Water and wait a week or so to cull any new weeds. Kurapia spreads by growing new roots along the stems. If the roots cannot penetrate the soil then it won’t spread. Heavy, bulky mulch and decomposed granite installations can create this issue as well.

My site has existing trees, plants, and perennials I want to keep, can I plant Kurapia?
Yes! Kurapia can become part of a total landscape. Kurapia does grow well around other plants so long as they have access to full sun. If the other plants are creating shade then be prepared to trim the Kurapia from growing underneath it. Good plants are shrubs and trees with trunks that allows light through adequately.

Can I water my Kurapia with my other plants?
Kurapia needs far less water that typical garden plants. You will find that watering Kurapia should be usually on it’s water zone, so that you don’t run the risk overwatering. Plants that will work well with Kurapia are highly drought tolerant plants such as native oaks, succulents, and desert plants. Be sure to plan for plants the either store water in it’s leaves or have deep taproots for best results.

How do I plant my plugs?
You want to loosen up the holes so the plugs can root quickly in all directions.  The easiest way is to use a 2”-3” auger, these are commonly used for planting bulbs, so may be called a bulb planter. (PHOTO) Alternatively you can use a standard digging trowel. It’s not recommended to rototill the soil unless you have heavy compacted soil.

How do I take care of Kurapia?

How often do I water?
Typically, in the warm season you won’t have to water established Kurapia more than once a week or less. Installation requires you water a little more to keep the plugs wet for the first month. Watering needs to only be enough to keep the plugs wet. Monitor by feeling the soil. It feel be wet about 2 inches deep.

What irrigation works best?
There’s a lot of ways to irrigated Kurapia! The best comes from rotors. You want to soak the soil and let it permeate deeply. Traditional impact rotors, as well as water efficient products such as the Hunter MP series. You can use drip systems, but you’ll still want to soak the entire area for even growth, as Kurapia won’t grow in dry spots. Consider underground irrigation emitters such as Netafim poly tubing.

Can I used reclaimed water?
Yes! Kurapia has a very high tolerance to salinity so it works great with reclaimed and recycled water.

How do I know I’m not watering enough?
Kurapia is hard to underwater. Kurapia underwatered will show signs of stress as the leaves will start to shrivel then turn light beige when dead. Typically, Kurapia can be restored if the stems are still green.

How do I know if I’m watering too much?
Kurapia will first start to grow irregularly fast, with larger rounded leaves and will grow in thicker in areas where there’s more water, such as near a sprinkler head. Too much watering can increase diseases and rot. It’s always best to let Kurapia dry out between watering cycles. The deeper and more infrequent your watering, the more drought tolerant your Kurapia will become. Overwatering is the most common problem with Kurapia

How often should I mow Kurapia?
Mowing Kurapia is a great way to keep Kurapia low and compact. It encourages Kurapia to form new lateral shoots. Technically we encourage to mow once every month to get the most uniform growth.

Is there anything I can do to keep Kurapia healthy after it’s fully established?
Kurapia thrives with regular mowing and water, and occasional fertilization. Preliminary studies in multiple environments have determined that core aeration using a weighted roller works great to encourage new plants.

How do I maintain borders?
Kurapia can easily be controlled with multiple tools to keep the stems from growing into areas undesirable. On the lower end, physical edging tools like a half moon edger, a rolling sidewalk edger, or a edging attachment on a mower all work great. You can also use broadleaf weed killers to create a chemical barrier to other plants such a triclopyr or glyphosate if necessary.

Do I fertilize Kurapia?
Yes! Kurapia enjoys a low amount of fertilizer twice a year. The best results usually comes with a slow release balanced fertilizer that is either organic or timed release. Be sure to look at our Support page as we introduce new research on this subject

How do I fix problems with Kurapia? Be sure to look at our Kurapia Support Page!

My Kurapia has grasses growing through it!
Sometimes grasses can find its way into Kurapia. Some grasses are spread by seeds such annual grasses such as rye and crabgrass, or perennials like fescue.  These can all be controlled by selective herbicides such as Grass Getter or other products that have sethoxydim as their active ingredient. If you have nutgrass, you’ll need to use a product that has halosulfuron-methyl as the active ingredient like Sedgehammer. Some grasses like Bermuda and Kikuya, use sethoxydim and be preparared for multiple applications until it’s gone.

My Kurapia has weeds growing through it!
Even if you cull all weeds before planting, weeds will still find themselves in Kurapia, although it’s relatively infrequent. Most weeds can be culled with hand removal with a dutch hoe, hand pulling, and sometimes just mowing. Some chemical sprays can work for large areas if necessary. Check our support page for more information.

Can I use a pre-emergent to prevent new weeds?
There is multiple tests being conducted on Kurapia and various pre-emergent options. Currently we suggest to not use it until the Kurapia is fully established, and only use during weed season (early spring and after the rainy season in the winter)

My Kurapia is turning brown in patches, what’s wrong?
This is typically something to do with disease, and usually connected to overwatering. Typically this is sign of some sort of disease like blight. Typically you can control this by cutting back water, scraping away the soil surface in the affected areas, and apply a lawn fungicide. Kurapia in surrounded areas will eventually fill in the area. Fungicides are currently being tested to find the best possible solutions for various diseases. Rarely, this is caused by sprinkler malfunction as well, so be sure water coverage hasn’t changed.

It’s cold! Is my Kurapia dying?
Kurapia is native to Japan, a country that has freezing temperatures and snowfall. Kurapia will survive these conditions, but will go dormant. Typically in this stage the leaves turn tan and fall off, and the stems get a little thick. As soon as the soil warms up the stems will sprout new growth and will turn green in a month or so. Don’t fertilizer with Kurapia is dormant

I had another question

Can I take cuttings of Kurapia and give to my friends?
Kurapia is a patented plant, meaning it’s against the law to attempt to make more of the plants with the intention of distribution. Therefore, please direct your friends to our website. It’s very affordable! 😀

I work a high volume industry and we’d like to become a distributor for Kurapia. Who do I talk to? 

Write to our Senior Manager at info@kurapia.com and we will set up an interview and possible visit to discuss becoming a distributor. Distributors get a special price for Kurapia plants in exchange for marketing our product.

I’m a landscaper, architect, or contractor, is there a special ordering process for me?
Yes, be sure to create an account  and denote you’re in the trade. If you’ve already created an account and want to give us your status, write to us at info@kurapia.com