SUGAR DRIP SORGHUM COVER CROP SUGAR SUBSTITUTE ANIMAL FODDER DROUGHT TOLERANT HIGH YIELDS $1.30

Sugar Drip Sorghum, a variety of sorghum bicolour, is distinguished by its tall, cane-like stalks and rich, sweet flavour. It’s cultivated primarily for its high sugar content, making it a valuable source of syrup, molasses, and biofuel.

This sorghum variety thrives in warm climates with well-drained soil and ample sunlight, making it well-suited for regions with long, hot summers.

To grow Sugar Drip Sorghum from seed, follow these steps:

  1. Selecting Seeds: Get your seeds here – ensuring they’re suitable for your climate and growing conditions.
  2. Preparing the Soil: Sugar Drip Sorghum prefers fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and incorporating organic matter, such as compost, to improve fertility and drainage.
  3. Planting: Plant seeds directly into the soil once the danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature has reached at least 15.5°C. Sow seeds approximately 2.5 cms deep and 12 – 18 cms apart, either in rows or in a grid pattern.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the germination and early growth stages. Once established, Sugar Drip Sorghum is moderately drought-tolerant but will benefit from supplemental watering during dry periods, especially during flowering and seed development.
  5. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer before planting or side-dress with nitrogen fertilizer when plants are around 12 inches tall to promote vigorous growth.
  6. Weed Control: Keep the planting area free of weeds, which can compete with sorghum for nutrients, water, and sunlight.
  7. Harvesting: Sugar Drip Sorghum typically matures in 100-120 days after planting. Harvest when the stalks turn brown and the seeds are hard but not yet fully dry. Cut the stalks near ground level and hang them in a warm, dry location to finish drying.
  8. Processing: Once dry, remove the seeds from the stalks and process them to extract the sweet juice, which can be boiled down into syrup or molasses.

By following these steps, you can successfully grow Sugar Drip Sorghum from seed and enjoy its sweet, versatile harvest.

Germination
4-10 days at 18-30°C

Maturity
Harvest sorghum grain when the seeds can no longer be dented with your fingernail. Annual plant.

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Seed Count: 100
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