I've looked over the forums and don't where to ask this question. Does anyone know when to cut broomcorn?
Hi - mine isn't ready yet, but I cut it when the seed heads are fully developed (and sometimes I even let them grow longer to get a fuller/wispy look). They keep forever - at least the seed heads do...I don't generally use the stocks much. I hope I'll have some by the end of the month...but everything is 3 weeks late this year and I planted it late!
I've already been cutting mine! Ths is my first year with them, so I guess I didn't know any better, lol.
I don't have a lot (will definitely grow more next year!) but I have cut a few stems already. Granted, the seed heads weren't fully developed, as Wendy described, but they were enough to attract attention in a bouquet, especially with that great foliage.
Hi flowers4u, how do you know when they are ready? Alot of mine have what looks like seed on them. Does that mean they ARE ready? I Hate to be so dumb about these things,but I never raised them before. Thanks to you both ....
Check the pictures in your seed catalogs. I'll add a link to one variety in Johnny's...but they should be very tall (over 6') and have lots of seeds.
Here is a link that might be useful: Broom corn picture
Mine are WELL over 6ft. More like 10-12. Even some of my Indian corn was about that. And some grow out of the tip of the husk it got so long. I even have some that are about 4 inches wide. I never seen the like in all the yrs I been growing it....Thanks for the link. I shop Johnny seeds to...I really like their stuff...
Wendy, that red broom corn is very nice. I grew Hungarian broom corn, and the tops/seeds are yellowish, although the packet says it "takes on a reddish color". (The package shows a yellowish seed top.) Maybe I did cut it too early, lol! I'm going to have to try the red.
leveta - 10 to 12 feet high? I'd say the time to cut it is when you can still reach it, lol!
Dee i'm tellin ya, some things have went wild this yr. My niece took a pic of me in a patch of the indian corn. My mom said I look like a midget. I will have to bend it over to cut it.