Growing Sesame

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Trying sesame plants for the first time, the black variety. The growing instructions say to start inside, and graduate to outdoors (after frost risk ends) planting in a hot and dry location. My plan is to grow the plants in pots. Does anyone have experience with these plants or have any tips to offer?
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We grow sesame. Once established the plants essentially grow themselves. Flowers open from the bottom up on the stalks so the seed pods follow sequentially in the same order. As the pods brown I monitor them typically harvesting individual pods with scissors into an organza bag as its tip is just starting to open. I then hang the bag in a warm dry location and thresh when the pods are well and dry. Do expect some seed loss - wind, knocking into the plants, irregular pod maturity causing you to miss a few. It's a fun crop and makes a unique gift.
 

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Thank you so much @Eleanor! I really appreciate the feedback as there hasn't been much response to my post. Do you start the plants indoors beforehand? I was thinking to plant tomorrow, about 3 weeks before our last frost date indoors in pots, and then grow them in my greenhouse? Good to know you are growing them in a climate not hugely different from mine, relatively speaking.
 

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Thank you so much @Eleanor! I really appreciate the feedback as there hasn't been much response to my post. Do you start the plants indoors beforehand? I was thinking to plant tomorrow, about 3 weeks before our last frost date indoors in pots, and then grow them in my greenhouse? Good to know you are growing them in a climate not hugely different from mine, relatively speaking.
I've done it both ways, planting 2-3 seeds per cell and thinning when starting inside and probably sowing double that if direct seeding. I direct seed last part of May / early June depending on the weather - essentially when I do our rice and other warm season crops.
 

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Here is what baby sesame plants look like. Tough little guys. My daughter was playing fetch with our pup and the pot got flipped up into the air in the midst of it all, with soil and itty bitty seedlings flying everywhere. I thought they had all met their demise, but I scooped up a few and patted them back in and set it aside. To my surprise, they looked fine the next day.

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