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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.

Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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