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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Perennial wheat

I got this perennial wheat from the Seed Ambassadors when they visited here. It was bred by Tim Peters. I don't know much about cereal growing and sowed it in spring. It didn't produce a crop the first year but did the next. It was hard to harvest as it didn't all ripen at the same time and I was busy so I shoved a bunch of it in a bag and tried to persuade other people to grow it because I couldn't even work out how to thrash it. It looked good during the winter sending up new shoots, but most of it died in the spring. I rotovated the patch and sowed peas in it. One plant came through, I don't know whether from a seed or an old plant. As a reward for its persistance I harvested the peas around it without disturbing it too much. I harvested it yesterday, although some of the heads were quite green, more of them were getting mouldy.




I was surprised how big the seeds were.

26 comments:

  1. I am interested in your "perennial wheat" seed, and I want to study this seed on Turkey conditions. Can you send me your perennial seed.

    my mail adres is : sancarbulut@erciyes.edu.tr

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  2. Thank you very much Mrs. Madeline McKeever. I received seeds you sent. I am going to try to seed in our country condition, and I will share results with you.

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  3. I am very interested in the concept of a permanent variety of wheat. Perhaps it could be used as a grazing crop for stock for some part of the year then grown out to harvest mature grain for seed and/or consumption.
    New Zealand

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  4. Can perennial wheat seeds still be obtained? www.psrseed.com seems to be dead, and I haven't been able to discover any other sources as of yet.

    I'd like to give this a whirl in my greenhouse (Leadville, CO at 10,200 ft elevation) for fun and curiosity.

    My email addresss is jfranklin(at)denvergeek.net

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  5. Hi there. interesting post! Does anyone still have seeds for perennial wheat? Has anyone been more succesful with growing Per Wheat?

    my email is gordon.camenzuli(at)gmail.com

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  6. HELLO, I am interested too in your "perennial wheat" seed, and like to try seed on LITHUANIA conditions. Can you send me your perennial seed.
    thanks
    debesuartojas(AT)gmail.com

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  7. Madeline, is there any chance you have any perennial wheat seed left? My father would like to try growing some on his farm in east texas.
    Best Regards, Eric
    clark475@yahoo.com

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  8. Sure send me. your address and I will send you some.

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    1. hello I am interested in doing a side by side comparison with perennial wheat and our current buckskin variety, for a project at my college. is there anyway I could get some seeds from you.

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  9. From what I've read the wheat developed by Tim Peters is only biennial, not actually perennial.

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  10. If you still have some of that perennial wheat seed left, I am interested in obtaining some.
    stevestolz@centurytel.net

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  11. I live in NW Pennsylvania and would like to grow perennial wheat. I cannot find any sources anywhere. Do you know of any sources?

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  12. keith ColleluoriMay 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    oikos currently has this plant. oikostreecrops

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  13. Sorry about the delay in responding. You can buy small packets here http://www.brownenvelopeseeds.com/cereals/perennial-wheat-2/

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  14. I would like to know about purchasing some of this perennial wheat seed. Can you tell me if it will come back into stock and if you ship to Texas, USA?

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  15. how do I buy some??? joedupont@juno.com

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  16. Check out wes Jackson of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He has pioneered this kind of stuff. I'd love to buy some seeds to try.. also rice..

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  17. I am sorry we are out of stock at the moment. I sowed some a couple of months ago so all going well, we will have some seed next autumn.

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    1. what hardiness zone does it grow in? I am in 4/5. I would like to be on the list to buy some. I can be contacted at sheilae123@earthlink.net

      Thank you!

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    2. I have been searching for some perennial wheat seed to do some trials with on my farm. I have access to a greenhouse, high tunnel garden space and larger acreage. Can I get some from you?
      Randy Cutler Milladore Wisconsin
      contact rcutler@tznet.com

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  18. Please do let me know if you get anything in stock, kind reg guren@efferus.no

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  19. Hi,

    Please let me know when you have anything in stock, I'm into forest gardens and creating my self-sufficienct parcel, so I would love to experiment with these. Please mail me at nielsbaloe@hotmail.com if you can supply some. Thank you in advance,
    Niels Baloe

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  20. Dear Madeline,

    I would like to get a little of your perennial wheat seed to try here in the mountains of Utah in the USA. You can reach me via email at alma461@cs.com.

    Thanks!
    Tom

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  21. Dear Madeline,

    this is a very interesting post. I would like to sow some perennial wheat, but I am unable to find seeds.
    If you have any to spear, please contact me.
    Thanks a lot!
    Andreas

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