CORN Popcorn - 15 Heirloom Seeds (NOT to WA)
Building a child’s enthusiasm for gardening starts with radishes, but munching on their own homegrown popcorn builds great pride in their agricultural achievement. The process is much the same as growing Corn, with few extra steps for drying and shelling.
Popcorn can be a fun item to grow in the garden for adults and children alike, as it can be dried and used all winter long for tasty treats.
This is easy to grow popcorn is a nutritious treat. This is also the best choice if you want to try growing baby corn to use in stir-fries.
This is an heirloom open-pollinated popping corn that originated from America. 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.
Good companion crops are peas, pole beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, squash, melons and marigolds. A bad companion crop is tomatoes.
A propagation note will be supplied with the seed packet for your convenience.
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