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Japanese Striped Maize Corn (85 Days Heirloom)

Heirloom pre-1890
Ornamental corn stalks like you have never seen. Leaves are striped with ribbons of hot pink, yellow, white and green. Each plant looks different, presenting variations of stripes and intensity of colors. Dry the small burgundy cobs for decoration and popcorn. Has dark purple tassels, grows to 5-6’, and for best variation in color thin stalks 18” apart. 

30 seeds

PLANTING

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 easily blow away resulting in small, poorly filled out ears.

Harvest: Ready for picking 2 1/2 - 3 weeks after silks appear. Silks become dry and brown. The kernels should be plump and full. Test by pressing your fingertip into a kernel, looking for a "milky" appearance. Best picked in the morning and refrigerate/cool right away.

Harvest Dent or ornamental corn: 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.