CORN Maize - Multi-Coloured Aztec - 10 Heirloom Seeds (NOT to WA)
85 days to maturity — This very old heirloom variety produces 17-19cm ears on approximately 2m tall plants. When the kernels are still light-coloured, the ears can be picked and used as sweet corn.
Nature has intended this corn to be far more colourful than traditional yellow or white. This Multi-coloured Aztec corn is an ancestor of one of the world's most important food crops that takes you back to its roots. It's drought-tolerant, produces delicious cornflour, and offers a rainbow of coloured kernels. Harvested at that mature stage, it can be dried and ground for cornmeal.
It is grown in Australia and this is not a hybrid or GMO variety.
Corn Growing Instructions & Care
Corn can be sown in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Successive plantings are possible to extend the harvest until January in most areas in Australia.
Sow direct, 20mm-30mm deep in Spring or early Summer. Plant spacing is 30cm and row spacing is 75cm. It needs full sun and moist soil. Frost tender plant, matures in approx. 85-90 days, grows to 2m high.
Block planting improves pollination and gives well-filled cobs. Prepare the soil with compost and well-rotted manure. Count 18 days from when the silk appears and start checking for ripeness, the kernel should be milky.
Be aware that the corns in the supermarket are hybrids. Open-pollinated "Heirloom" corns have a more complex flavour, not so sugary, and shorter shelf life. For the best eating, watch the cobs carefully. When the juice in the kernels is clear, the corn is not ready. When it gets milky, the corn is ready to eat. Pick while the juice is milky, not yet pasty. Cook as fast as you can after picking.
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