Heirloom Seeds & Poultry
1878 230th Street, Calamus, IA 52729
19 varieties to choose from)UPDATED FOR 2023
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.
Black Seeded Hungarian
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
Primary use is for decoration and making brooms. Also makes good bird feed.
Used for feed grain and human consumption.
Black Milo - 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.Very similar to Black Seeded and Black African Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed SOLD OUT AS OF APRIL 15
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
Used for making syrup and seeds make great animal food.
Plant early in the season, thin to 1 plant every 6-8 inches for best results. Packet plants 50 to 100 foot of row.
Various grains that can be planted for either decoration or food purposes.
Neiger- beautiful dark black seeds with the stiff awns typical of barley. A true ornamental. 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 not have much seed of this variety but seeing it nowhere else we want to share . Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed UNAVAILABLE FOR 2023