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Sorghum bicolor


Story: Sorghum is a maize-like grass grown primarily for its grains. The sorghum we're sharing has small white, pearl-like grains, just peering out of maroon husks. The grains are used in both South Asia and East Africa to make flat breads, they're a staple crop in both regions, known for their impressive drought tolerance. It also makes a fantastic popcorn alternative! Our sorghum did uncharacteristically well for the UK in the hot, dry summer of 2022. 

When to sow: sow in root trainers or deep pots in March-May indoors.

Requirements: harden off once all chance of frost has passed and then plant out in moist soil- though plants will tolerate dry conditions as they grow- give each plant around 30cm space on all sides

Harvesting: when the plant is mature, the husks will be white in a maroon casing, make sure to harvest in a relatively dry period and then hang to dry in a place with good ventilation.

Please remember, we only send out three packs of seed. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return, and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.