If you will be growing for fiber or wood you will need 15-20 pounds medium maturing kenaf seed per acre. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F). Plant seed 3 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.
If you will be growing for seed in latitude 27N - 34N for seed, Whitten is currently the only one reccommended to plant this way to increase seed yield. Through our research seed program we may discover additional varieties that respond to this plant spacing criteria. Our catalog will cover any added varieties to the medium maturing catagory (to be released at end of 2019). You will need 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). 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).
Once your plants are 4 foot tall cut the top one foot off to promote branching and increase seed yield. This makes for easier harvesting of seed with existing combines and sickle mowers.
These are introductory kenaf seeds of 100 seeds.
These are in stock seeds that can be shipped immediately.
There is a limited supply left and we have no plans for importing additional seed. Once our seed growing partners in the USA have seed harvested, our approved varieties will be made available to new approved seed growers each year until we have sufficient supplies for fiber/wood growing businesses.
Everglade 41, Minhong and Whitten are medium maturing kenaf seeds. Growing for seed harvesting is possible in Northern and Central Latitudes with 125 growing days. Additional varieties are expected to be added to our catalog.
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