When to Plant in Spring:
- Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
- To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.
Planting: 1/2 “ deep spacing 6” to 8” in rows 24” apart. Thin plants to stand 8 inches apart.
Care: Enrich the soil with compost before planting. Hill soil up against the stalk to stabilize plants when they reach 3 to 4 feet tall.
Harvesting: If you plan to make syrup you will need some sort of cider press or grinder, but you can also just chew on the ends of the peeled talks for a tasty sweet treat! When seed heads start to turn a brick orangish reddish color it’s time to test your sorghum. Cut a stalk near the ground and peel away the tough outer skin. Chew the peeled portion and if it has a fairly sweet flavor, it’s ready! Pick off all the leaves from the stalks, then cut the stems close to the ground as you did with your test stalk. Remove and save the seed clusters for popping.
Germination: 3-5 days
Days to Maturity: 100-110
Preferences: moderate water, full sun, well-draining soil
Special Instructions/Tips: Young plants will appear in 3 to 5 days if the ground is moist and will look like blades of grass at first.