Organic Vavilov Wheat Seed

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vavilov wheat seedOrganic Vavilov Wheat Seed

Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

 

From the famed Russian scientist Nicolay Vavilov (1887-1943).  Vavilov was one of the most famed agronomist and plant breeders.  A man who created so much so that people could feed themselves and ironically died of starvation for his beliefs in a Russian prison.  During his most important years he sent out 140 expeditions in the Soviet Union and 40 world wide to 64 different countries collecting plant material.  In 1940 the year he was arrested he had amassed over 200,000 specimens.  From this vast genetic collection Vavilov created some of the worlds most important food crops.  

This hard red wheat was one of those creations. The best we can determine is this particular wheat was created sometime in the 1920s.  Our particular strain came from a Canadian farmer who's family had been growing and saving it for generations since its creation.  

Hard red winter wheat.

wnless (bald).

Avg. plant height is 4' which is typical of heirloom types, but can be a problem with lodging in high wind areas.

Avg. seed head length is 3.5".

Average of 6-7 seed heads per plant.

Like many old heirlooms it shows a great deal of genetic variation in form.  Many individual selections could still be made from this rare cultivar.  We are working on a particular strain developed for our area and hope to have a viable population for local bread production in a few years. We think its worth the effort for just a 1/3 of the flour recipe supplemented with this heirloom grain makes a mouth watering bread like no other.

Not as easy to grow as many modern var. because of the plant height, but has a rich and deep flavor rarely found anymore.  This is the case with many heirlooms. 

This particular strain is not known to exist outside of this Canadian family and our collection.

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

 

 

 

The objective when planting wheat is to establish a uniform stand of at least 25 plants per square foot with adequate fall growth for tiller development and an established root system for winter survival. Planting methods include drilling, broadcast seeding, and aerial seeding. Specific seeding rates will vary widely with topography, climate, and management approach. In general, stick to 30-40 seeds per square foot at a depth of 1.5 inches. Wheat will sprout best in soil that is slightly compacted, so it's good to tamp the bed slightly after planting. For more information, see http://www.uky.edu/Ag/GrainCrops/ID125Section4.html.

Hard Red Winter Wheat Seeds

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