Piper Sudangrass is a fine-leaved, warm-season bunchgrass. It will produce large amounts of organic matter, cycle nutrients, suppress weeds, and loosen soil with its deeply penetrating roots. An excellent catch crop for excess nitrogen, sudangrass reduces nematode populations as it decomposes. It prefers hot, dry weather (like corn) and withstands drought-like conditions easily. Sudangrass grows quickly and needs to be mowed regularly to control height (up to 7 ft.), increase root structure, and add more organic matter to the field. Plant late spring to early summer once the soil has warmed to at least 60°F/15.6°C; earlier sowings can be outgrown by cool-weather weeds. Plant 1" deep at 1–2 lb./1,000 sq.ft. (30–40 lb./acre.) Avg. 45,000 seeds/lb.
CULTURE: Sow the seeds at the time, rate, and depth specified in the product description. FOR GREEN MANURE: Till in at any growth stage. FOR ORNAMENTAL USE OR GRAIN HARVEST: Cut the plants near the base when most of the green color has turned brown and the seeds are hardening (no longer milky). SEED SPECS: Planting rates are listed in the product description.
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Sorghum x drummondii
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
80 - 100 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.