SORGHUM

(19  varieties to choose from)

 

Plant after frost has passed and the soil has warmed.  Plants do best when there are only 3 to 4 plants per foot of row.  More drought tolerant than corn.  Packets contain 1 oz. of seed (unless otherwise noted)  which should plant around 100 foot of row.

 

BROOM CORN 

Primary use is for decoration and making brooms.  Also makes good bird feed.

 

Black Seeded Hungarian- 130 days- A broom corn with 16” plus length brooms with deep black seeds on 8 to 10 foot stalks. This s a great one to grow for ornamental purposes as well. Louise Bastable from Massachusetts sent me this one back in the middle 1980's and it is always an eye catcher when planted near a garden edge. Louise was  the manager of a community garden and always planted it  around her "office" as she called it . Her office was a plastic shack to dodge into when it rained and this added some support with the thick growth it provided  as well as shade. Birds love the seed throughout the winter. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts. $5.00   Certified Organic Seed

Iowa Red- 110 days - Nice 8 to 9 foot tall broom corn - red seeded and straw is golden with reddish streaks. We obtained this variety from the  late seed saver Virgil Johnson who got it from relatives in southern Iowa many years ago. Virgil and his wife Hazel were dear friends, great seed savers and Virgil also loved his poultry.  Pkt. $1.50   Certified Organic Seed

Red Seeded Broom- 130 days - A broom corn with nice broom straw. Plants are not as tall as the Hungarian varieties. Broom straw is thick and stalky.  Very ornamental.  Pkt. $2.00   Certified Organic Seed

Red Seeded Hungarian- 130 days- Another Hungarian  heirloom that  we are pleased to offer again. This is a  twin variety to the black seeded version. 16 inch length brooms with deep red  seeds on 8- 10 foot plants.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

White Seeded Broom - 115 days - White seeded version of broom corn.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

 

GRAIN SORGHUM

 

Used for feed grain and human consumption.

 

Black African - 90 days - Early, black seeded, darker grain sorghum. This one grows fast  and  does well in our sandier areas and still produces a decent crop.    Seed is a very  shiny black and  is best suited for bird feed. Pkt. $2.00   Certified Organic Seed

Black Seeded- 105 days- Black seeds on 7 inch heads on 7 foot stalks.  This one tends to produce larger seed heads and stalkier plants than Black African.  Excellent ornamental, also good bird seed producer. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed 

Crookneck Milo - 110 days - Crookneck seed heads, some straight heads occur.  We had some  of the most beautiful plants this year that  reached 6 feet tall with large drooping crookneck heads. When given proper planting distances this is a good yielder of nice grain quality sorghum . It takes a bit of a season to get to total dryness but the heads can be quite large.  Pkt. $2.00    1 lb.  $25.00 Certified Organic Seed

Tarahumara Popping - 120 days - Seed frequently used after popping and then ground into a flour.  We tried popping some in an air popper (used for popcorn) and it made a very nutritious snack with a good, nutty flavor (looked like mini-popcorn). Make sure the soil is very warm before planting this one. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Texicoa- 100 days - 40 inches tall, white seeded grain sorghum.  Pkt. $3.00   8 oz.  $15.00  Certified Organic Seed

 

 

SWEET SORGHUM -

 

Used for making syrup and seeds make great animal food.

 

Honey Drip - 120 days - Heirloom producing many tillers. Reports from sorghum  makers say this one has a great flavor. Seed heads are decent sized and are paler in seed color making  them more palatable. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Iowa Sweet- 115 days- A very sweet sugar cane type, reaches about 9 feet tall with nice thick juicy stalks. This is another one from our late friends Virgil and Hazel Johnson from their families in southwest Iowa.   Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed SOLD OUT AS OF APRIL  1, 2019

Mennonite - 95 days - 7 feet tall, good flavor. A very high producing and good stalk  strength.  Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Rox Orange- 115 days- A sweet sorghum, 7 to 8 feet tall. This is the common commercial variety. Seed heads are a rusty orange red color.  Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts. $5.00   Certified Organic Seed

Salts Red- 105 days- Nice, red-seeded, loose grain head.   Heirloom sweet sorghum from southern  Missouri.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Sand Mountain - 100 days - 8 feet tall, good flavor.  Another southern Missouri heirloom.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Sugar Drip - 110 days - Southern sugar syrup type. Seed  heads are a paler color, stalks are thin and flexible unless planted far apart.  Pkt. $3.00   Certified Organic Seed

White African - 120 days - Tall (8 to 10 feet) sweet cane sorghum with white seeds. This one  is late and the seeds do not come of the heads very easily. Birds  love to get the seeds before they get a chance to fully mature. Pkt. $3.00  Certified Organic Seed

Yellow Bonnet - 120 days - Cane sorghum heirloom from Southern Missouri.  It has a long season, but is very sweet. Stalks seem to have less foliage than some and stalks are thicker.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

SUNFLOWERS

(15 varieties to chose from )

 

These can be used for both garden decoration and seed.  Some are better suited for one purpose than the other.  We struggle to compete with the birds for the seeds.  Large patches tend to give us very small seed return as the birds get most of them prior to the heads being totally mature. 

 

 

SEED SUNFLOWERS

 

Unless stated otherwise packets will contain around 100 seeds.

 

Arikara- 85 days-  6 to 8 foot tall, sometimes multi headed.  Seeds seem to come in an array of colors. Some heads get quite large.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Early Russian - 80 days- Quick maturing. Shorter, faster maturing version of Grey Striped Mammoth.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Grey Striped Mammoth-  90 days- about 10 foot tall, big 12 inch heads, yellow petals, good bird feed. . Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Hopi Dye Sunflower-  100 days-  5-7 foot tall plants producing small seed heads which contain deep purple to blackish colored seeds.    Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Mongolian Giant- 105 days-  Plants get abut 8 feet tall and produce nice shaped heads some close to a foot across. The unique characteristic here is the shape and size of the seeds. The seeds are striped  and long in shape of a rather large  size.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

 

Skyscraper- 95 days-  Very tall (to 12 foot), huge heads for seed production.   Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

 

Tarahumara White- 110 days  A tall (10 foot) seed type sunflower with pale orange-yellow petals and white seeds.  (75 seeds/Pkt.) Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

Titan - 90 days - Huge heads, strong stalks.  We only saved seeds from heads 15 inches in diameter or larger.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

 

ORNAMENTAL SUNFLOWERS

 

Unless stated otherwise packets will contain around 50 seeds. Birds love these. 

Evening Sun - 85 days - Beautiful, reddish bronze colored single flowers.  Gorgeous cut flowers.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Italian White- 70 days - 6 foot plants are multi-branched.  Flowers average 4 inches across with creamy white petals.    Pkt. $3.00

Lemonhead- 100 days- I embarked on a sunflower breeding project 15 years ago and prior to our family dog’s arrival, sunflowers were always destroyed by skunks eating the grubs at their roots.  I persisted with limited return crossing some wild Polish lemon yellow sunflowers with orange ones and offer this for trial.  The flowers are a mix of single and double and are over 95% a bright lemon yellow.  Flowers range up to 8” across, plants 8 foot tall. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019 We keep losing it to the birds.

Multiflora Single Yellow- 90 days- 7 to 9 foot tall plants with many single yellow flower heads.   UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

Red Sun-  a very attractive selection of Evening Sun that is mostly red shades. Birds love it and they are gorgeous ornamentals.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Sungold Sunflower- 4 to 5 foot tall plants with large double yellow flowers.     Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Velvet Queen- About 7 foot tall, dark, mahogany petals, good bird food.    Pkt. $2.00

 

 

 

AMARANTH

 

Plant early in the season, thin to 1 plant every 6-8 inches for best results.  Packet plants 50 to 100 foot of row.

GRAIN TYPE

Elephant  Head- 95 days- an amazing looking  top like an overgrown giant cockscomb.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Golden Giant- 90 days- large heavy heads that are a golden orange in color . White seeds. Pkt.  $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Mayo Indian- 90 days - Black seeded, robust plants.  When the first seed heads were cut, it regrew more for a second crop.  Pkt. $1.50  Certified Organic Seed

Orange Giant - 110 days - Huge 7-8 foot plants, loaded with gorgeous burnt orange seed heads.  Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Red Amaranth - 95 days - Deep red seed heads. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

Red Leaf Grain- 105 days - Red foliage and flower heads.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed  (Limit 1 Pkt.)

BARLEY

Plant early in the season as this  must make its growth prior to the super heat. We always struggle getting this planted soon enough in Iowa. We do nto have much seed of this variety but seeing it nowhere else we want to share .

Neiger-  beautiful dark black seeds with the stiff awns typical of barley.  A true ornamental. Pkt.  (25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

QUINOA

Plant early in the season as this  must make its growth prior to the super heat

Brightest Brilliant-  bright colored and heavy production when the season allows. Pkt. ( 50 seeds)  $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

SESAME

 

Plant after frost is past.  Thin to 1 plant every 4 inches. Care must be taken at harvest to keep the seed from shattering on to the ground.  Approximately 1000 seeds/pkt.

 

Black- Shades of dark brown to black, Taller and more irregular than Line 31.   Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Line 31- White seeded plants grow to about 3 1/2 to 4  feet tall.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed

 

TEFF

 

Brown Teff- A graceful grass, landscape plant.  Seed is very tiny.  Used as a cereal grain.  Approximately 10,000 seeds/pkt.  Pkt. $2.00

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Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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