Broom corn is a unique and fun crop to grow in a garden. Broom corn is not truly a corn plant. It is a grass-like sorghum plant that grows in a large fan-shaped bloom and it is striking in a garden. The colored blooms are wonderful in arrangements while the natural color makes great natural-bristled brooms. The uses for this dried crafting material are endless.
An annual plant that can grow as high as 15 ft. tall, broomcorn is very easy to cultivate because it can tolerate even the most unpleasant conditions.
Planting Broom Corn
- You should plant your broom corn that receives full sun.
- Prepare the soil and make sure to add plenty of nutrients; any corn plant is a heavy feeder and produce better in fertile soil.
- Make a 1-inch furrow in the soil the length of the row.
- Corn seed does better in rows of at least four deep; it helps pollination. If space is limited plant short rows, but keep the depth in planting to insure a good crop.
- Plant each broom corn kernel 1-inch deep making sure you have waited until two weeks after the last frost in your area.
- Cover the seed with soil. Water the broom corn very well once a week.
- Water plants in the early morning or late afternoon so that the water does not evaporate in the sun.
- It is always best to water deeply and not as often.
- Your crop is ready in the fall when the stalks turn tannish brown.
Broom corn is ready to harvest when the plant turns from a yellow color to a green color before the seeds completely mature. When you harvest broom corn you can cut it off with a long stem and hang the plant upside down to dry.
Interesting Facts about Broom Corn
- The broomcorn plant is commonly known as a material for making brooms.
- The brooms made from these plants can also be used as crafting materials for decorative items.
- The broomcorn brush used in making brooms is usually about 20 in. long and is pea-green in color.
- The fibers of the brush are usually smooth, straight, and pliant-these qualities make the fibers perfect for broom making.
- On the other hand, broomcorn brush that has discolorations and is flat or coarse does not make a high-quality broom.
- Broom corn is also used in decorative bouquets that you use to brighten a home.
- Wreaths, bouquets, brooms, wall hangings and other craft bits and pieces can use broom corn.
- Remove any diseased or discolored plants immediately.
- Corn ear worm caterpillars can infest broom corn.
- Placing a small amount of mineral oil at the very tips of the plant will prevent the moths from laying their eggs there.