How to Grow Sesame | Guide to Growing Sesame

How to Grow Sesame | Guide to Growing Sesame  



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Annual (zones 7-10)

2-7 days at 70-80° F

2 years

Well-drained soil

Full sun


10-12" apart

100 days

Growing Guide
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.

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
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.

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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