You have to grow this plant! “Tall, dark and handsome” is how it is described by the AAS! This purple-leafed millet can grow from 1-1.6 m (3-5 ft), with 20-30 cm (8 – 12 in) flower spikes. Great for flower arrangements or left on the plant to feed the birds. Easy to grow, tolerant of heat and low moisture.
Very easy to grow. Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed lightly with soil. Keep moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks in advance of intended date for moving plants to the garden. Germinates best at 21 C (72 F) usually in 7 to 21 days. Reduce temperature after seeds sprout to 15 C (60 F). Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 1 m (36 in) apart.
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