Broom corn as a filler

gardengirl77March 8, 2011

I didn't plant enough filler flowers last year, so I started cutting some of my smaller broom corn and put it in my mixed bouquets. I planted my broom corn pretty close together so it didn't get very big and bushy anyway. Everyone seemed to really like the way it looked, because I sold 14 bouquets in about an hour. Have any of you tried broom corn as a filler? Here is a picture of how it looked.[IMG][/IMG]

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diggerdee zone 6 CT

I used it last year. Like you, I planted mine close together (in pots, no less!) so it was smaller. I really liked it in the fall bouquets with sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias (well, the few dahlias I got last year!).

I'm growing it again this year and will give it more room to grow!

BTW, I can't see your photos. Can you try to repost them? I'd love to take a look!


    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 10:53PM
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Dee, I guess I'm not very good at posting pictures on this forum! Try this and see if you can look at my pictures.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 1:43AM
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Dido here, planted too close = small stems. I plan on growing black and red along with the yellow this year. It may work out easier than growing amaranthus.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 1:44PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

You did a really nice job with the bouquets, gardengirl. I saw a sorghum bicolor called broom corn in Johnny's catalog and also something they call colored uprights. I ordered the colored upright seeds and hope I can use them as effectively as you did the broom corn.

I would enjoy seeing more of your bouquets sometime.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 5:20PM
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Thanks for the compliment on my bouquets, ThinMan. I saved out several stocks of my Broom Corn last fall so that I can use the seeds off them for planting more this spring. The seed is so easy to harvest by hand....and it is always nice to save some money on seeds by using your own instead of buying them. I will have to get some more pictures this year to share with all of you. I always enjoy seeing what other farmers do with their flowers too!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 10:47PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Yes, Gardengirl, I agree with ThinMan - your bouquets are beautiful! Nice job!

Thinman, I think (can't quite remember, lol) that I ordered the colored upright seed too - at least I had it on my list. I really need more space. Sigh...


    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 11:29AM
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