Sweet Sorghum – Sugar Drip


Sweet Sorghum – Sugar Drip

Rox Orange Sweet Sorghum makes a beautiful and interesting addition to your garden. The stalk can grow to stand around 7-8 feet tall. As the crop matures they look very similar to corn plants with, small, reddish-brown seeds on topmost part of the stalk.

Approximate amount of seeds per pack: 100

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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
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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.

• Sorghum originated in Egypt and while it is widely used around the world to be consumed by humans, the United States and other western nations primarily use it for livestock feed.

• This heirloom variety of Sorghum can be used for both grain and syrup. Pop the tiny seeds like popcorn for a gluten-free snack or press the stalks to make a sweet syrup alternative to honey and molasses.

• The grain portion of the plant is a great source of iron and fiber.