Setaria Italica Seeds - Red Jewel Millet Ornamental Grass Seed

Setaria Italica Seeds - Red Jewel

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Grass Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 5 - 10

Height: 48 inches

Width: 36 inches

Foliage Color: Red

Flower Color: Red-brown

Growth Rate: Moderate

Fall Color: No change

Soil Requirement: Loam

Environment: Full sun

Moisture Requirements: Average

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 2 - 4 weeks

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Cover seeds lightly

Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 inches

Care & Maintenance: Setaria

Setaria italica (Setaria italica Red Jewel) - Commonly known as Foxtail Millet or Red Bristle Grass, this annual millet can be grown from Setaria italica seeds, and it will make a stunning addition to the home landscape. Ornamental millet grass is lovely in the mixed border where the rich, reddish-brown foliage and brown, pendulous seed heads give a stunning display. Red Jewel millet is good for cutting and drying and works in nicely with flower arrangements. Annual millet is also very nutritious for birds, and if the seed heads are allowed to ripen, wildlife will be attracted to the landscape.

How To Grow Foxtail Millet From Ornamental Grass Seeds: Start ornamental millet seeds indoors in early spring. Cover the Setaria italica seeds lightly and keep them moist. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, separate them out and grow them individually in their own pot. Once frost danger has passed the Foxtail Millet grass can be transplanted outside. In areas with a long growing season, Red Jewel millet seeds can be started directly outdoors after frost danger has passed. However, with a later start, the seed heads may not mature completely in the early fall to attract wildlife. Ornamental millet grows best in a rich, well-drained soil, and it does not perform well in shade. Red Jewel millet will start out green and the color will begin to darken with maturity.