Sorghum

An African cereal.
Common name : Sorghum
Scientific name : Sorghum bicolor
Family : Poaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Sorghum bicolor - commonly called sorghum - is a grass species originated in Africa and cultivated widely in tropical and subtropical regions for its grain, which is used for food for humans, animal feed, and ethanol production. It is an annual - but some cultivars are perennial - growing in clumps that may reach over 4 m high.

Sowing & planting

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 100 - 500
pH 6 - 7

Sow my sorghum

Prepare the soil by breaking up the clods on the top of the soil, and push the coarser elements over to the edges with a rake. The smaller the seeds, the more you need to get a finer result. Sow seeds of less than 2mm in line or on the fly. For seeds between 2 and 4 mm, sow them in line with a few centimeters space in between. Finally, sow the large seeds in a heap: dig a little hole and put 2 to 5 seeds in it. Cover the seeds 2-3 times their height, add some sand if your soil is very heavy.

Water my sorghum

Water regulary in the fist weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Remove my sorghum

At the end of the season, you can tear off this annual plant without any qualms: it will not grow again next year.

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