The Excellent Sorghum

By dave
April 25, 2016

Sorghum is in the grass family and is closely related to corn. In fact, when it's young it is nearly impossible to differentiate it from corn. If anyone ever tells you they have volunteer corn in their garden, you can sound smart by guessing that it's sorghum.

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Apr 25, 2016 4:53 AM CST
Name: Cinda
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Thank you for the informative article Thumbs up
I knew a little about sorghum and now know a lot more, It will go on my list of plants to try , maybe even this year if I can clear the space.
One Question??? Corn has to be planted in blocks for pollination, is it the same for sorghum?
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Apr 25, 2016 7:01 AM CST
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Sorghums are self-fertilized. A single plant grown alone will produce bountiful seeds with no problems. Smiling
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Apr 25, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Name: Cinda
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Wow even better
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Apr 26, 2016 7:58 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
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Very interesting article! I had never really seen sorghum growing until we took a vacation to S. Dakota last fall (or maybe I've just never seen it at the stage where you can tell it isn't corn if you're driving by in a car). And I have some "broom corn" to grow in the garden this year for fall decorating -- thanks for asking about the pollination, Cinda; now I know I don't have to worry about what kind of arrangement it's planted in. AND, I also didn't know that's where couscous comes from *Blush* .

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Apr 26, 2016 9:37 PM CST
Name: Anna
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Very interesting article. Thanks.
Quinoa? Did I miss something?
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Apr 27, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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canadanna said: Very interesting article. Thanks.
Quinoa? Did I miss something?


Oh, my bad!! Meant to say "couscous" ... (corrected it in my post above now)
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Apr 27, 2016 8:44 PM CST
Name: Anna
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Easy to confuse the two
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