Garden of Survivors: Sorghum

There are still places on our planet where the concepts of “life” and “survival” are absolutely equivalent. Where you want your relatives. Where asked the question “Will I have food tomorrow?” Is asked more often than I would like. This, as you understand, is about African countries. But even there people (yes, negros, too, people) manage to survive.

The two main problems are the extraction of water and food. It can be resolved by you. And if you’re in sorghum – on the African continent

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What is actually interesting sorghum. It damn well tolerates drought and high temperatures. This plant has been able to produce crops. Not too big, of course, but it is much better than nothing. And all because sorghum For example, there is a large number of adaptations for such conditions. Besides, sorghum alkaline reaction. This, again, is extremely useful during droughts.

It is believed that sorghum Africa and Asia (here it is called kaoliang). This explains the number of species, which are quite different among themselves in terms of yield, endurance and nutritional value. In this case, you can still find wild and semi-wild plants predecessors.

Food sorghum value – 323 kcal per 100 grams. It contains a large amount of water. . Carbohydrates allows you to drive out sorghum something similar to alcohol, which is actively used by the locals. Moreover, there are special varieties intended for this. But we will not dwell on them.


Resilience sorghum It doesn’t tolerate spring frosts at all. In the early stages of the formation of grains. So grow sorghum This is where you get warm up. The average temperature should be 12-16 degrees. As of practice shows, it’s normal time.

Soil before landing sorghum It is necessary to ensure that it is not a problem. It is also recommended to apply a standard complex of fertilizers, especially phosphorus and potassium. But this is not necessary, since the sorghum, fine develops virgin and already used land.

Insofar as sorghum – helpers and other equipment. We therefore do not have this. There are a lot of furrows of 10 cm depth, where we lay several grains with an interval of 45 cm. The width between the individual rows should not be less than 60 cm. It is desirable to increase this distance, to further facilitate weeding. It can be done more superficially only if it is soil is sufficiently wetted.


The first shoots appear two weeks later. Immediately we thin them out, leaving only one plant. The fact is that sorghum bush should strongly observe this interval. At this stage, you can additionally make small doses of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers. Watering. If everything went well, after 4 weeks the plant enters the “five leaflets” stage.

It is possible to make it possible to complete the process. Weeding. If everything is going well, then “by panicles” begin to appear on the plants. At this very moment it is necessary to provide such protection as parasites and pests such as aphids and various bugs. Fortunately, it becomes easier to follow.


In total from the moment of emergence of the shoots before the beginning of collecting sorghum crop passes from 90 to 120 days. It is not a problem to take care of your baby. It is recommended to stop watering and minimize moisture. Harvesting is carried out manually – panicles are cut and deposited for further subsequent threshing. As practice shows, sorghum yields range from 20 to 100 centners per hectare, depending on the variety. And there it is also a silo, depending on the variety. By the way panicles that remain after threshing sorghum – Great material for brooms. Actually, they are made of them with us.

What we actually have. In conditions of consistently high temperatures, dry and salty soil, sorghum – to get at least some crop. And then it will be more noticeable than other types of cereals.

Garden of Survivors: Sorghum

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