CORN, Maize – Silvermine - 10 Heirloom Seeds (NOT to WA)
112 days to maturity — 'Silvermine' corn is an old dent variety which is a little earlier than other white corn variety, with somewhat smaller ears but usually deeper grains. The ears grow about 25cm long and have fourteen to sixteen rows of large, white kernels. 'Silvermine' can be used as a roasting corn variety, and is also excellent for grits, meal, and animal feed.
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.112 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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