CORN, Maize – Oaxacan Green - 7 Heirloom Seeds (NOT to WA)
Ancient, but visually eye-popping emerald green corn! Grown by the Zapotec Indians of southern Mexico for centuries where it is traditionally made into green corn tortillas and tamales. This is a drought resistant variety. 1.6 to 1.8m tall plant with ears reaching up-to 25cm.
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 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 flavor, not so sugary, and a 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 juice is milky, not yet pasty. Cook as fast as you can after picking.
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