Cobs are wrapped with multi colored opaque kernels in shades of gold, bronze, blue, green and mauve. Used for corn meal and decorations. Ears are 8-10” and stalks grow 7-9 feet.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-85 degrees F. Planting in soil under 60 degrees F results in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1-2” deep
Outside Sowing: In late spring , after the last frost date , when soil reaches at least 60 degrees F. Sow 4-6” apart, thin to 10-12” apart. Plant in blocks, 4-5 rows, 24-36” apart to aid with pollination. Corn is pollinated by wind therefore planting in blocks ensures proper pollination rather than one long single row where the pollen can be easily blow away resulting in small, poorly filled out ears.
How much does a packet plant: 25 foot single row, block of 4 rows at 6 foot.
Harvest: When husks become dried or after a frost or two.
Tips: Corn needs abundant nitrogen. Add manure (in the fall) or rich compost a few weeks before planting. Add a high-nitrogen organic fertilizer every few weeks until tassels form. Keep well weeded, especially when they are seedlings and well watered, 1 inch a week especially during the silk stage.