Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Pearl Millet (P. glaucum) - Key Growing Information

Ornamental millet, with its tall, plum-colored spikes, serves as a striking design element.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds in individual containers 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Cover seed 1/8". Thin to 1 seedling per pot when the first true leaves appear. Transplant outside after the last frost. Do not allow the plant to become root bound. Direct seed: Direct seed after the last frost.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. More sunlight will product deeper purple foliage.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil. Tolerant of heat and moisture.



HARVEST: Fresh or dried: Harvest when the spikes are fully developed, but just before pollen shed.

USES: Excellent fresh cut flower or dried. Borders, mass plantings, containers, or as a striking backdrop.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pennisetum glaucum