For now we are offering 1 variety of medium maturing kenaf seed. We are looking into additional varieties that we can add to our list that have demonstrated qualities meeting the demands in seed, fiber, wood core etc.
1. 3 feet apart in each row and rows 3 feet apart. Plant spacing for Whitten Kenaf seed harvesting. In addition to plant spacing in the 3 foot spacing plots we cut off the top one foot, once the stalks reached 4 feet tall to promote branching and increase seed yield. Whitten is the only variety out of 30+ varieties tested that branches out and produces higher yields of seed.
2. 7 inches apart in each row and rows 7 inches apart. Plant spacing for Whitten fiber and wood core harvesting.
If you plan to be growing for fiber or wood between latitudes 27N -34N you will need 15-20 pounds mediummaturingkenafseed per acre. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F 74 F is ideal). Plant seed 7 inches apart in rows with rows 7 inches apart. If you use a seed drill use plates for carrot size seed. Sprouting occurs in 2-4 days and seeds will need some moisture to get them started and for about 2 weeks after sprouting.
If you will be growing Whitten for seed between latitudes 27N - 34N you will need about 2 pounds of seed/acre. Recommendation for planting for seed harvest is 36 inches between plants in rows and rows 36 inches apart. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F 74 F is ideal).
If you use a seed drill use plates for carrot size seed. Sprouting occurs in 2-4 days and seeds will need some moisture to get them started (about 2 weeks).