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Barley

Hordeum vulgare

Also known as

Cereal Barley, Common Barley, Barley cereal crop

Hordeum vulgare ripe, Gerst oogstrijp by Rasbak (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

30cm

50cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Barley Overview

Barley is one of the world's oldest grain crops. It's easy to grow, is low maintenance and is fairly drought tolerant. Barley is grown as a food source to make bread, fodder for animals, used to brew beer and other distilled beverages. While not the prettiest plant, it's very useful!

Common problems with Barley

Barley is susceptible to barley mild mosaic bymovirus, bacterial blight, powdery mildew, leaf scald, barley rust, crown rust, and head blight.

How to harvest Barley

Harvest barley using a sickle when it's gold and brittle. Harvesting time depends on sowing time, cropping period and maturity. It can generally be harvested in 6-7 months. Barley is more prone to shattering, so it should be harvested before fully mature and in the morning.

How to propagate Barley

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn, 50-75 mm deep and 25-30 cm apart. Sow seeds directly in beds in rows, with the rows 30 cm apart. Germination takes 1-2 days!

Division

By division in autumn; however forms should be propagated by division only.

Special features of Barley

Drought resistant

Barley is fairly drought tolerant but does better when watered.

Other uses of Barley

Culinary, animal fodder

culinary

animal fodder

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