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Growing Millet

Growing Millet

Purple Majesty Hybrid


Ornamental millet is an annual grain grown for its attractive seed and flowers. Used for background plantings, screening, beds, pots, and mixed containers. Sow or plant in the garden 1 to 2 weeks after the danger of spring frost has passed. Can start seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before outdoor planting time. Cover seed about ½ inch deep.


Fast-growing and easy plants for well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Sturdy stems generally do not require staking or support. Do not let seedlings become stressed or root bound, or plant height and flowering will suffer.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Neptune's Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Colorful annual grasses include Fireworks Fountain Grass (11954) and Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass (11953). Carmencita Bright Red Castor Bean (07642) has attractive leaves and is good for backgrounds and screenings.

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. A good plant for large mixed containers, and combines well flowering annuals like Rose Wave Trailing Hybrid Petunia (07494) or Denver Daisy Rudbeckia (07663).

Product Recommendations

Plantable 3" Round Jiffy Peat Pots (53226) are ideal for starting seed indoors.

Millet Facts

Generally not bothered by pests or problems. Ornamental millet varieties were developed from millet grown for grain. Seed heads can be cut for fresh or dry arrangements. Birds readily eat the seeds if plants are not cut back in fall.

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