This breathtaking plant makes a striking addition to your garden. Tall plants produce large stalks of deep burgundy plumes. These plants are sure to add a conversation piece to any garden. The seeds from this plant are known as an ancient grain and have been harvested for thousands of years. The seeds are used today to make a naturally gluten-free flour.
Recommended planting requirements: This warm season plant can be grown year round in San Diego. Its immature leaves are tasty and full of nutrients while the flower spikes are beautiful and produce huge amounts of seeds that can be used for grain. The grain has a high nutritional value, comparable to rice and corn. It is an all-around fantastic plant with multiple uses.
Growing Recommendations: Give plant space and it will get very large and may need staking to keep it’s huge flower spikes upright. Direct sow, keep the soil moist and weed in the first weeks to reduce competition.
Harvesting Recommendations: Pick baby or mature greens as needed. Simply cut them with scissors as you would lettuces. The leaves have a tasty, nutty flavor. If growing for seed/grain provide ample spacing and harvest seeds buy rubbing flower spikes and releasing seeds.
|Days to Germination:||5-10|
|Days to Maturity:||90-100+|
|Height at Maturity:||5-7′|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .25 gram
Approximate seed count per pack: 200
The approximate seed count per gram is 1,200 seeds.