Corn, Popcorn (Zea mays everta) - 60 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Drought tolerant and easy to grow
•USDA Zones: 3-11
Grow your own popcorn with this value priced heirloom strain. Just as easy to grow as sweet corn, but leave popcorn on the stock until the corn is fully mature (husks turn brown). Then harvest and allow the ears to dry further. When the kernels easily rub off the cob they are ready to store or pop. Can also be grown for popcorn shoots. Grown in the dark (a closet or cupboard will do) they will produce pale shoots that are amazingly sweet. Best eatin at 6 inches tall or less.
It contains valuable B vitamins, which are important to your overall health. Corn also provides our bodies with essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese. Corn is a good source of the antioxidants carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health.
Begin by sowing corn seeds directly outdoors once temps have warmed to 60° in soil pH 6 to 6.5. Sow 1-2" deep with 4" between seeds and 30 inches between rows. The general rule of thumb is to grow at least 4 10 foot rows to assist it's pollination by wind. It takes roughly 30 seeds to sow a 10 foot row. When choosing a site in your garden, keep the sun in mind; these tall stalks have potential to block the sunlight from other plants. While growing, the crops will need one to one and a half inches of water per week. Corn is a frost sensitive annual that prefers full sun and is tolerant of a wide variety of soils. Corn is a heavy nitrogen feeder, so planting in beds which previously contained nitrogen-fixing crops such as beans, peas, etc. can give plants a boost.