This plant was used to make the original house brooms, you can make them yourself if you like. There are instructions on the net. The seeds are edible but the seed heads are not as big and full as sorghum developed for grain production.
The seeds come in mixed black, brown, and orange.
- Botanical name: Sorghum bicolor
- Planting: Plant in November after risk of frost and the soil is warm. Plant 20-30 cm apart in good, friable soil.
- Care: water regularly when the weather is dry.
- Harvest: Harvest the seed heads when the seeds are hard and don’t exude milky juice when crushed with your thumb nail. The seeds can be stripped off the heads with your hands or with a metal dog or horse comb. If you want to use the heads in a vase for ornamental purposes the seeds don’t come off easily so you don’t have to worry about mess.
- Diseases: I haven’t had any problems with pests or diseases with mine, though aphids will nest in the stems under the sheaths. You must net the seed heads when the seeds have set after flowering or finches and parrots will eat them when they start to ripen.
- Seed Saving: Sorghum is wind pollinated so will easily cross with other sorghum varieties and kinds that are growing within a couple of kilometres. Luckily not many people grow it.
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