There are 3 varieties of medium maturing kenaf seed that we have some experience with in the U.S.,Everglade 41, Minghong and Whitten and are currently avaiable.
In 2019 these 3 varieties had acceptable germination and seed yield. Two different plant spacings were used.
1. 3 feet apart in each row and rows 3 feet apart.
2. 7 inches apart in each row and rows 7 inches apart.
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. This was not done on the 7 inch spacing plots. Whitten was the only one that branched out and produced a high seed yield using the branch spacing. Everglade 41 and Minghong did not branch out and continued to grow straight up.
In 2020 we will continue documenting our germination and seed yields on these 3 varieties.
If you plan to be growing for fiber or wood between latitudes 27N -34N you will need 15-20 pounds medium maturing kenaf seed per acre. Everglade 41, Minghong and Whitten are currently available in 100 seed packets. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in moist warm soil (60-70 degrees F). Plant seed 3-7 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). 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 Whitten plants are 4 foot tall cut the top one foot off to promote branching and increase seed yield.
These are MediumMaturingKenafSeed introductory kenaf seeds of 100 seeds.
These are in stock seeds that can be shipped immediately.
There is a limited supply left and 100 seeds has the potential of yielding enough seed to plant 40 acres in 2-3 years. A 40 acre field of kenaf will produce much more seed than needed to replant 40 acres. At this point you can sell your extra seed for profit or use the seed for seed oil products.
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 may be added to our catalog after testing.
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