A picture of a Wheat 'Spelt'

Wheat 'Spelt'

Triticum aestivum ssp. spelta

Also known as

Dinkel Wheat, Hulled Wheat, Spelt, Spelt Wheat

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

20cm

80cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Wheat 'Spelt' Overview

Spelt is a very old variety of wheat and is a cross between Emmer wheat and a wild variety of wheat. It was the staple food in Bronze Age to medieval times. It has renewed interest as health food and is produced in Northern Spain and Central Europe.

Common problems with Wheat 'Spelt'

Diseases like smut, powdery mildew and rust can cause losses. Insects like sawfly and grasshoppers should be monitored and rid of.

Wheat 'Spelt' Companion Plants

Generally grown in solid blocks.

How to harvest Wheat 'Spelt'

It grows longer than most wheat crops and are harvested in the summer following the autumn sowing.

How to propagate Wheat 'Spelt'

Seed

Sow in prepared beds after the first rain of the season. In dense sowing weed control is better.

Special features of Wheat 'Spelt'

Attracts birds

Seedeating birds will often visit your patch.

Crop rotation

Low nutrient need make it useful in crop rotation. Do not follow other grain crops, though.

Other uses of Wheat 'Spelt'

Culinary

Edible

Spelt is a healthy grain with low fertilizer need.