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Calico Popcorn

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Calico Popcorn

Zea mays
Use for festive fall decoration and gourmet popcorn.
Ships January 1st, 2017

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Use as colorful autumn decoration, or pop them for wintertime movie-watching noshing. Pops most consistently if you freeze the kernels first then throw them directly into a kettle with hot oil. Kernels are yellow, brown, white, purple, red, and blue.

Quick Facts

Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 to 36 inches
Planting Depth ¾ inch
Days to Germination 4 to 6 days
Days to Maturity 90 days
Height at Maturity 72 to 96 inches
Width at Maturity 6 inches

How to Grow

Sow after last frost three to four inches and thin the plants once up to a spacing of six to eight inches. Rows should be a good 30 or 42 inches apart with this spacing, which matches common widths of garden beds.

Some years corn needs very little attention, but in dry years it will need irrigating. It thrives during the summers when subtropical weather settles in for a couple months. Many critters love to munch on corn, including rodents and, most notoriously, raccoons. Avoid growing corn near chicken coops or pest attractants, and be sure to surround your garden with a good critter fence.

Allow ears to mature and dry on the stalk. When dry, husk and remove kernels from cob. For best popping results, freeze the dry kernels before popping the traditional way, on the stove top.