I'm seeking seeds for Japanese millet (Echinochloa frumentacea), or perhaps Japanese Barnyard Millet (Echinochloa esculenta), or any domestic cosun of Echinochloa crus-galli. I'm absolutely dippi over the wild Crus Galli grass, and would like to domesticate it. It grows so well here with zero human assistance. Since we have domestic cousins, I thought maybe they would grow well here too... or failing that, I could use them to domesticate the wild grass with a bit of breeding.
I'll be hunting the health food stores for the next week or so and picking up anything that resembles millet in the bulk bin, in hopes of getting something useful. The problem is, there are so many different plants harvested as 'millet' that it's not certain what I'm getting. But at least it's an affordable source of seed and I should be able to pick up enough to try cooking some too.
Does anyone know of a source for Japanese millet seed? Preferably an affordable source?
"Japanese Barnyard Millet
Highly productive and early.
Very leafy with many grain-bearing tillers to 6'.
Tolerates waterlogged soils very well.
Excellent for compost-will re-grow after cutting, and dries fast. Difficult to hull for human consumption, but an excellent fast, weed-smothering crop for livestock and poultry.
BOTANICAL NAME : Echinochloa frumentacea
Plant after last frost 7": apart in well-worked soil with good nutrients. Soil must be warm for seed to sprout. Keep watered-not as much as corn but a steady small amount. It goes dormant in drought & continues growth with water, the best growth is continuous. Cut seedheads few days before ripening & sun dry to harvest before the birds get the seed.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: W,H/Matures 10-13/Yield grain 3-12, dry biomass 12-72/Spacing 7"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fodder Crop"
$2.00 for 560 seeds. Whatcha think?
Location: Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee