How to Grow Sesame | Guide to Growing Sesame

 
How to Grow Sesame | Guide to Growing Sesame  

Overview

 
 

Seed Starting Guide

Seed Starting A-Z

Calendar

Transplanting

Videos

Growing Guides

Growing Vegetables

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Seed Saving

 

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Natural Pest Control

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Well known in many traditional cuisines across Europe and Asia, Sesame is today popular across the globe. From bagels to sushi, these tiny seeds add a richness and texture that simply cannot be duplicated. Pressed oil of sesame, a mainstay in many Asian cuisines, is rapidly becoming more common in the United States thanks to its unique nutty flavor.

 
   
 

Annual (zones 7-10)

2-7 days at 70-80° F

2 years

Well-drained soil

Full sun

Seed

10-12" apart

100 days

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES
Sesame will grow to a height of approximately 3', with narrow dark leaves and tubular flowers which can be white, pink, lavender or light blue.

 

Sesame prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

 

Do not transplant outdoors until the last frost has passed and has reached an average temperature of 60 degrees F or higher.

MAINTAINING
Sesame is best started indoors 4 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Seeds should be sown in a lightweight potting medium, approximately 1/4" or less beneath the surface of the soil. Keep moist.
 

 
   
     
   
 

Harvesting Guide
HARVESTING
Seeds can be collected once most of the seed pods have turned green. Collect pods and placed into a paper sack to dry. Once completely dry, gently break up seed pods to release seeds. Winnow over a fan to separate seeds from chaff.

SAVING SEEDS
Collect the seeds for saving in the same manner as for harvesting. Store in a sealed container in a dry, cool location out of direct sunlight for optimum life.

 
   
 
 

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