Sorghum, Jalisco Sugar Cane (Organic)
Sorghum bicolor. 120 days.
As the name suggests, Jalisco Sugar Cane is the type of sorghum used for pressing to make sorghum molasses / sorgo / sorghum syrup. We have not tried to make it ourselves but the syrup is delicious and the stems sure are sweet to chew on! The plants produce well in our climate and are the first sugar sorghum variety we have found to mature seed before frost. Plants grow to 8′ tall and are drought tolerant. This type of sorghum can also be grown as a fodder crop and produces high biomass for compost or cover cropping. It is also sometimes used to produce alcohol and fuel ethanol. Tall sweet canes are topped with clusters of black seed; grains are tightly hulled and not ideal for eating. This special sorghum was given to us by a student during a farm tour with a local school garden club. It was labeled “sugar cane” and was brought by his parents from Jalisco, Mexico.
Sorghum does best when direct sown 1/4” deep, spaced at 10”-12” centers. May also be transplanted. Plant as early in the season as possible, when soil has warmed and danger of frost has passed.
Harvest and Seed Saving
Harvest for grain or seed when seed heads are dry. Save seed from 10 – 20 plants. Test for dryness with a hammer; dry kernels shatter. Thresh by hand or by dancing. No isolation is necessary for this self-pollinating corn relative.