Triticum dicoccon var. atratum (Black Winter Emmer Wheat) [20 Seeds]

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$4.25

Germination Information: Winter wheat seed is generally sown in fall (around late September), giving it time to produce some leafy basal growth before winter and then continue growing in spring, with the grain maturing in midsummer.

Fall sowing is not the only option, however. I received my original seeds in January, so I waited until my soil thawed a bit in February and planted them then (about 1/2″ deep). The soil froze right after that, but the seed sprouted about a week after the ground thawed again in March and grew steadily through spring and summer, producing heads in August and maturing in mid-October. So, perhaps a late-winter or early-spring sowing isn’t optimal, but it worked fine for me and would be worth a try if you don’t want to wait until fall to sow.

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Grown for many thousands of years, emmer wheat or farro medio (Triticum dicoccon, also listed as Triticum dicoccum and T. turgidum subsp. dicoccum) is one of the oldest cultivated crops. This seed came to me labeled as ‘Black Winter Emmer’ (Triticum dicoccon var. atratum). Its long awns are indeed black, and the developing heads develop a blackish cast too, giving the heads a very handsome appearance. My plants reach about 6 feet tall, with strong stalks. If you’re interested in exploring the flavors of ancient grains, you may want to give this one a try in your garden. It’s also worth growing for use in fresh or dried arrangements or nature crafts. Full sun. Annual.

Collected in July 2020. At least 20 seeds, with the awns trimmed off for easier handling. Larger quantities are available; you can reach me at nan@hayefield.com to discuss.

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1 review for Triticum dicoccon var. atratum (Black Winter Emmer Wheat) [20 Seeds]

  1. Deanna (verified owner)

    Fantastic germination and stubbornness! Watering seedlings and new plants during last year’s drought taxed our well. This year I decided to not plant all “non-essential” seedlings and save the well. Originally Black Winter Wheat was on the “die” list because I wasn’t sure where to put it. Clearly it disagreed. After persisting despite neglect, it will be added to the garden, especially given its unusual beauty. Germination rate was nearly 100%, and I believe all of them survived and thrived. It did not mind crowding or dry conditions before being planted out. I don’t know if it will mature in time, but that would be my fault, not the plant’s.

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