Corn-Ornamental, colored upright sorghums - Heirloom- Untreated
The colored upright sorghums are very similar in color to the seed heads in our Mixed Colors Broom Corn seed blend (remember broom corns are sorghums, too!). Whats the difference? The Mixed Colors Broom Corn plants have long seed heads - many 24-36 inches long. The seed heads contain many long straw “broom” fibers. The Colored Uprights generally have more compact seed heads - they are shorter with less broom fiber. The seed colors are much the same as in our Mixed Colors with reds, browns, golds, blacks, burgundies- and all shades in between. The colors are very intense and vibrant. This exciting new sorghum variety will be another useful ingredient for the floral industry. The smaller more compact seed heads can be used in their entirety in dried arrangements and floral bouquets. The seeds in these upright seed heads seem to “shatter” or fall out less frequently than in the mature Mixed Colors Broom seed heads. These seed heads can be used in with fresh flowers!
There are many varieties of broom corn. Each variety will bear different seed heads with varying colors of seeds. This Mixed Colors Broom Corn seed is, as the name implies, a mixture of many different broom corn varieties. The colors that predominate in this mixture include gold, bronze, brown, black, burgundy, red, white/cream, “natural”, and all shades of these colors.
The seed heads form at the top of the plant (instead of a tassel) and vary in length from 24-36 inches long. Some of the seed stock varieties included in this mixture: Apache Red, Japanese Dwarf, Black Seeded, Texas Black Amber, Tennessee Red, Nicaraguan Broom, Keply #1 & #2, , Ramirez South Chile Line, Iowa Red, Is-3226, Hadley Kidd, Moyer Sonnen, Sattie Museum, Moyer Jensen Gold, African Sweet Sorghum, White Popping Sorghum, Hungarian Red, Hungarian Black, and many special Hadley varieties. Most have maturities of 100-110 days, but the broom corn heads can be harvested for brooms or ornamental uses anytime after the seed head develops.
Harvesting and drying the seed heads at various stages of development results in varied appearances in the color of the seed. As the plant matures, the seed heads will deepen in color and the seeds will become heavier and shiny. The seed heads can be cut during any stage of development and added as accents to fresh flowers. They are especially pretty with the autumn flowers, but can be used in any fresh flower bouquet
Soil and Water: Broomcorn produces the best brushes in deep, well-drained, rich soil. Water deeply once a week, after it is established. It is a heavy feeder so it needs fertile soil.
Planting and Growing: Plant 2 weeks after last frost. Plant a minimum of 4 rows for pollination in rows spaced at least 16" apart. Broomcorn loves the heat.
Harvesting and Storage: Harvest by cutting off the brushes when the seed pods fully change colors but the stems are still pliable. Dry by hanging upside down or place them in a container and they will dry in an arched shape.
Did You Know? Flat brooms made out of broomcorn, like the ones commonly seen today, were invented by the Shakers in the 19th century.
Soil Temperature: 65-80°F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 7-10 Days
Height At Maturity: 10'-12'
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 3"-4"