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Organic Purplestraw Wheat Seed

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organic wheat seedOrganic Purplestraw Wheat Seed

Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds.  Very limited supply. 


Was also known as Alabama Blue stem, Bluestem, GA Bluestem, Ripley and GA Red.

Very old wheat.  First documented in 1822.  May be older.

From a 1939 USDA bulletin:  "Purplestraw heads and ripens early. It is the leading var. along the lower Piedmont and the Coastal Plain from VA south.  It is the leading var, in GA and SC and the 3rd most important in NC.  In this area its early maturity is a decided advantage in enabling it to escape damage from leaf rust and the high temps of early summer.  The var. tillers freely and has rather fine straw.  Unlike other winter var. under average conditions, it will head and produce a fair crop in a normal manner when sown early in the spring.  The var. is one of the least winter hardy of the soft winter wheats (survived our 14F/snow in 2012 trials so not sure what "hardy" means) and for this reason should not be grown north of WA DC.  The kernels are small, pale red, very soft and of excellent quality for pastries.  The straw as the name implies is generally purple or purplish in color.  Purplestraw is one of the oldest var. in the U.S., its known history extending back 100 years (first documented in writing in 1822)."

Heads are awnless (bald).

Seed heads avg. 3 3/4" in length.

Plant height is an avg. of 4'2".

30% lodging noted in our high wind conditions.

Average of 6-7 seed heads per plant.

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.

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