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WHEAT

Triticum spp.

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Wheat, is the name given to several plants in the genus Triticum, which are annual or biennial grasses grown primarily for their grain. Wheat species possess an erect smooth stem with linear leaves that grow in two rows on either side of the stem with larger 'flag' leaves at the top of the stem. The stem terminates in a spike that is made up of individual spikelets, each possessing 3–9 florets. The wheat fruit develops within the spikelets, maturing to a seed (kernel). Wheat can reach 1.2 m in height and like other cereals, has been developed into different varieties that are adapted to planting at different times of the year. Spring wheat is planted for a late summer harvest, whereas Winter wheat is planted for harvesting in early to mid summer. Overwintering varieties are more commonly grown in regions with mild winters. Wheat may be referred to by variety and these include durum or macaroni wheat, club wheat, spelt wheat and bread wheat. Wheat originated in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Wheat is usually harvested from spring to early summer, depending on the weather. To test the crop, rub the wheat head between your fingers and chew on a piece of grain. If the grain cracks in your mouth, it's ready to be harvested. Cut using a scythe​ or sickle

Propagation

Seed
Germination: 4-5 days

Geography

Origin
Middle East 8000 BCE

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Poaceae
Scent
None

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