Sesame

Sesamum indicum

Family: Pedaliaceae
Genus: Sesamum (SES-uh-mum) (Info)
Species: indicum (IN-dih-kum) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Herbs

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth

Velvet/Fuzzy

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California

Savannah, Georgia

Aurora, Missouri

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Austin, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 5, 2008, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are multiple cultivars of sesame, but they are usually differentiated by mature seed color. The white seeded versions are more popular in bakery products. They take 80 -100 days to mature.

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On Oct 22, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sesame has been used for thousands of years to flavor food and breads. It originated in India, but is now grown in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Harvesting is difficult as the seedpods tend to break open and scatter the seeds, so most commercial sesame growing is done where labor for hand-picking the sesame is relatively cheap. It requires a long growing season of 4-5 months.

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