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Black oats

Avena strigosa

Bristle Oats, Lopsided Oats (Eng.), Swarthawer (Afr.)

Black oats is a tuffed grass popular in the USA as cereal, Black oats can be grind into flour and used as staple in sweet and savoury as it is rich in starch. The seeds store well for many years and can be roasted as a coffee replacement. The straw are valuable as mulch, in paper making and as biomass. The seeds are smaller than Commen oats and the plant often regarded as weed altough it is planted in Brazil for cattle food.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest the seeds when the whole plant turns golden brown and dies after the growing season.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed directly as rainy season start (Autumn or Spring) in well prepaired beds. They will germinate in 2 weeks.

Special features

Crop rotation
Use on poor soils.

Geography

Origin
Medirreanean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Poacea
Flower colour
brown
Scent
Mild

Problems

Rodents and birds love to feast on the valueble seed! Use bird netting. Harvest as soon as ripe and store safely.

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