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Mini Colored Popcorn (100 Days)

Red, yellow, orange, burgundy - some ears all one color and some are mixed. Many of the reds and burgundies have colored husks. Create exceptional harvest displays and centerpieces with this unique ornamental popcorn. 6’ stalks bear 5-8 5” ears, 3/4” in diameter. Mature kernels pop slightly smaller kernels of popcorn. 

50 seeds



Zea mays

Germination: 7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-85ºF. Planting in soil under 60ºF results in poor germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1” deep

Sowing Outdoors: In late spring , after the last frost date , when soil reaches at least 60ºF. 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.

How much does a packet plant: 8 foot single row, block of 4 rows at 4 foot.

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 one or two frost. 

Harvest Popcorn: When ears are mature, kernels appear shiny and are hard. Remove the husk and let the ears dry for a few weeks. Test pop kernels after a few weeks to see if they are dry enough. Store popcorn by removing kernels or leave them on the ears. 

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.


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    Martha D.
    United States
    lousy germination

    I only got 13 plants out of two 25 foot rows

    Pinetree Garden Seeds

    Hi Martha, I am so sorry you had such poor germination of the mini colored popcorn and so disappointing for you! We want our customers to have a much better experience and I would be happy to send a replacement packet if you would like or I would be happy to provide a refund or credit, whichever you prefer. Please let me know what I can do to try an make this right for you. ~Tammy

    See's V.
    Great Popper

    Small kernels when popped. Beautiful decorations. Won first and second place in competition. Very tasty.