Amish Rainbow Blend Broom Corn Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

4.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Broomfield, Colorado, the home of Botanical Interests, was named after the broom corn plant around 1900 when a lot of farmland was devoted to growing it. Brooms were traditionally made from the straw-like fibers after stripping off the seeds. Broom Corn is a member of the grass family, so instead of growing tassels and ears like sweet corn, it is topped by richly colored shiny seeds. Harvest them for fall dècor and dried arrangements, or grow enough to make your own broom!
$2.99 2 grams (~100 seeds)

Botanical Name: Sorghum bicolor

Family: Poaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–15' tall

Variety Information: 16"–20" seed panicles; seeds range in color from reds to browns and blacks.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Late summer to fall

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 60°–80°F. In the deep South, this can mean as early as February.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended.

Days to Emerge: 7 – 14 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Special Instructions: If necessary, protect seedlings from birds. Broom corn does not need to be isolated from corn plants; they will not cross-pollinate.

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Amish Rainbow Blend Broom Corn Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Used it as a living fence and bird food

5 out of 5 stars Feb 8, 2020
This performed fantastically well for me as a living fence to get privacy and produced a ton of seeds for the outdoor birds to eat and to plant the next year. Some of these plants grew to 14 feet tall. I saved a lot of seeds for planting and trading but the wild birds are still eating off of last summer's plants. I love this and can't wait to grow it again this year! Since it's an annual if you don't want the living fence the next year, you don't have to worry about it being invasive. The seed sprays were very decorative too, and there were three colors of seeds. A light buff, reddish, and nearly black.
Carolyn Hasenfratz Winkelmann from MO

They are only seedlings, but

4 out of 5 stars Jan 3, 2021
Texas 8B 9A I planted the seeds directly in November. It is now January . They are only seedlings right now but they seem very Hardy. We've had some cold nights and have survived both covered and uncovered. It's always hard to decide when to plant things in this part of the country. Most seed packets don't give good instructions for the Gulf Coast Texas area and while Botanical interests frequently does include instructions, I decided to experiment with a period different from what they stated. So far so good
Christine from TX

A fun plant to grow

5 out of 5 stars Nov 15, 2021
I sowed the seeds for this broom corn in a little plot in my garden where they grew to be nearly 15 feet tall. Once the seed ripened, the birds came from all over for the feast. Everyone enjoyed watching the birds grab on to the brooms at the top and sway in the wind as they eagerly ate the seed. I'll grow it again.
Carol from IN

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