(Sorghum bicolor) Sorghum is one of Africa’s
greatest contributions to the world’s agricultural
diversity, and is a traditional crop in the South.
Adaptable and drought tolerant, sorghum varieties
exist that provide grain, sweet syrup, animal fodder,
or sometimes, more than one crop from a single
planting! The main requirement for sorghum is
heat—plant the seeds about ½” deep a couple
of weeks after spring frosts are over and soil is
really warm. Ordinary garden soil and moisture are
sufficient to get a crop, although sorghum may be
more productive under better conditions. Seeds are
ripe at about the same time as sugar content of the
stalks reaches maximum.
A Mennonite heirloom from Missouri. The tall canes are juiced and boiled...
125 days. A very sweet syrup type, about 9’ tall with thick, juicy stalks....
Introduced to the USA in 1857 by Leonard Wray from Natal, South Africa,...
Excellent grain-type sorghum, originally collected in a market in Tunis,...
90 days. This red-to-black seeded variety originated in India, which is...
90 days. A fascinating new introduction bred by Dr. Sam Moyer, Seed Savers...
The multi-colored tassels are so popular for fall decorations. Colors include...
This heirloom has been grown in northern Missouri for many years. More...
100-120 days. From the Tarahumara Indians of Northern Mexico's Batopilas...
100 days—This older variety from Kentucky has unusual umbrella-shaped seed...
This is the sorghum that was used for making brooms in early America. Lovely...
Vigorous, 10-foot plants send out many tillers (side-shoots), and all produce...
100 days--One of the oldest cane sorghums still on the market, named for...
120 days—A fairly long season syrup-type sorghum, originally from southern...