DESCRIPTION :Best for food use in the home garden or small homestead, because it is so easy to hull. Like the "hulless" barleys in that it does have hulls, but they fall off easily. You can thresh without equipment. Huge plants make lots of straw or animal forage.
BOTANICAL NAME : Pennisetum americanum
DAYS TO MATURITY : 70-91
SEEDS PER PACKET: 500
SOURCE CODE: GB
GERMINATION DAYS: 7-10
WHEN TO PLANT: Spring
PLANTING DEPTH: 1"
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Plant after last frost 7": apart in well-worked soil with good nutrients. Soil must be warm for seed to sprout. Keep watered-not as much as corn but a steady small amount. It goes dormant in drought & continues growth with water, the best growth is continuous. Cut seedheads few days before ripening & sun dry to harvest before the birds get the seed. Pearl is the easiest to thresh millet-try rubbing between gloved hands or put grain on a tarp and shuffle across it in clean shoes.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFO: W,H/Matures 10-13/Yield grain 3-12, dry biomass 12-72/Spacing 7"
Photo courtesy of:
Wikipedia-public domain- J. Wilson, USDA-ARS at Tifton GA on 8-15-07.