An heirloom from Amish country, these plants grow slim 6-7" ears.
The yellow kernels pop into small, hull-less popcorn bursting with
goodness. May also be used for ornamental purposes.
Average: 95 days
Detailed planting instructions:
Corn requires rich, fertile soil. Add compost or well rotted manure in
fall. Consider planting a legume cover crop the season before corn to
help meet the nutrient needs of this heavy feeder.
Make first planting after last frost date. Soil should
be at least 65 F for fast germination. (Corn will not germinate if soil
temperature is less than 55 F.) To speed increase in soil temperature,
consider covering soil with black plastic for several weeks before
Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart in rows
30 to 36 inches apart. Thin to 8 inch to 12 inch spacings when plants are 3
to 4 inches tall. Increase seeding rates to ensure a good stand if soils
are cold or you are using seed that has not been treated with
fungicide. (Untreated seed has natural color. Treated seed is dyed.)
To save space, you can intercrop corn with early-harvested cool-season crops.
Corn plants have many roots close to the surface, so
cultivate around them with care. You can hill soil up around the base of
plants as they grow to bury small weeds in the row and give the corn a
better foothold. After the soil has warmed, you can mulch corn to help
suppress weeds and retain moisture.
It is not necessary to remove suckers (side sprouts
growing from the base of the plant). Studies show that removing them may
actually reduce yields.
Corn is a heavy feeder - particularly of nitrogen - and
may require several sidedressings of fertilizer for best yields. Look
for signs of nutrient deficiency. Purple-tinged leaves are a sign of
phosphorus deficiency. Pale green leaves are a sign of nitrogen
For miniature or baby corn, plant seeds 2 to 4 inches
apart and harvest as silks emerge from the ear, or harvest secondary
ears from normally spaced plantings, allowing the main ear to fully
mature. Also try hybrids specifically bred for early baby corn harvest.
Of all the vegetables grown, corn is the one most often harvested too
late. With corn, it is essential to pick it at the right time to get the
best quality and flavor. Corn also starts to lose its quality quickly
after it is harvested. Within 24 hours after being picked, most corn
loses more than half its natural sugars by converting them to starch.
Ideally, you should harvest your corn at the time you are ready to cook
Check sweet corn for ripeness when the the silks have
turned brown but are still damp to the touch. Pull back the husk
partially and puncture a kernel. If a clear liquid spurts out, the corn
isn`t ready. If a milky liquid spurts out, it is ready and should be
picked immediately! If no liquid emerges, the corn is past its prime.
Beware, however, that though pulling back the husks is a
reliable method of checking for ripeness, it does have a major
disadvantage if the corn is still immature when you do the checking.
Once you open an immature ear, it becomes susceptible to insect and
other pests, as it continues to ripen. Attack by birds also becomes more
likely. With a little experience and practice, you'll be able to judge
the ripeness of corn fairly accurately, just by feeling the ends of the
ears and not have to worry about that problem.
To save corn seed choose the earliest and the best-developed corncobs
you can find. Cover them with a large enough paper bag to be able tie
the top off to keep the bugs and grubs out. Do not use a plastic bag as
the cob needs to breathe. Allow the cob to develop and dry out on the
stalk as long possible. To store the cobs, remove them from the bag,
pull back the husks, and hang in a dry area away from bugs or rodents,
or you will end up with a dried out corncob with no seed. When the cobs
are fully dried out, carefully break-off the seed, store in a paper bag,
and keep in a cool place (the bottom of the fridge is a good spot)
until springtime and you want to sow it.
- Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
- Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
- Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage