Sorghum bicolor. This tall heirloom cousin of corn produces huge seed heads 60-100cm (24-36”) long. While technically edible, Sorghum Broom Corn seeds are better used as an ornamental, or as a pollen screen between main crop corn varieties. The seeds colour up and turn shiny as they mature. This product is not a corn or maize variety. As a variety of grass, its seed head is packed more loosely than a corn ear. Stalks can actually be tried and used for sweeping, but you'll want to use the beautiful, multi-coloured seed heads as fall decorations instead.
Matures in 110-120 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)
- Sorghum bicolor
- Huge, broom-like seed heads
- Very tall growth
- Heirloom seeds
- Matures in 100-110 days.
How To Grow
These big plants will grow in almost any soil, but getting the cob to mature is another matter. The maturity of the ears (cobs) is not controlled by the size of the plant, nor by day-length, but by the accumulated heat the plant has had while it grew. They call this the “heat units”. Only temperatures above 50 F count after the last killing frost of spring. Temperatures above 50 F add up to create the heat units. Corn plants generally grow very tall, and will shade other vegetables. Some plants will benefit from this shade, such as lettuce, but heat-loving plants must be placed so that the corn does not shade them. This heavy-feeding plant also provides a stalk for plants such as Pole Beans. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Corn from seeds Guide and grow food.