Art Pack by Jacinta Bunnell.

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Calico Popcorn Seeds

Zea mays
Multicolored cobs make festive fall decoration and gourmet popping corn.
Art Pack, 100 seeds
Product ID# CN0072A

In stock.

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

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.

Growing Instructions

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.

About the Art and Artist
Painting and collage by Jacinta Bunnell.Jacinta Bunnell is an artist, teacher, painter, video maker, art director and coloring book maker. Her art is constructed primarily from recycled materials. She has a stash of patterned and quirky paper which she has been collecting since childhood. Among the multifarious pieces are torn wrappings from Groundhog Day celebrations, colored engravings from encyclopedias for babies, pictures of toads and concerned citizen fliers. Jacinta’s work has been shown at The Horticultural Society of New York, Allegheny College, Huguenot Street Farm, KMOCA, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, SUNY Ulster, A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, TeamLove Ravenhouse Gallery, Rosendale Cafe and Roos Arts. She has artistically collaborated with The Woodstock Film Festival, Ken Greene, Elizabeth Mitchell, Neko Case, Irit Reinheimer and Cindy Hoose. Jacinta has toured the U.S. and Canada with The Gadabout Film Fest, Neko Case, Eric Ayotte, DavEnd, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Julie Novak. She is the author of three coloring books about gender fabulousity and is a co-founder of Hudson Valley BRAWL (Broads' Regional Arm Wrestling League). Jacinta has been a pinch hitter for the Hudson Valley Seed Library when they needed nimble fingers to hand-pack these precious seeds. All three of her parents are avid gardeners and farmers. She grew up eating baby corn and green beans right off the plants in her backyard. Jacinta lives in a 200-year old farmhouse in Stone Ridge, NY with Michael Truckpile, some coyotes, rabbits, wood piles, and rhododendron bushes. She saves the seeds from her zinnia plants every year. From the Artist: "It was with little difficulty that I chose calico popcorn. I researched the proper meaning of calico just to be sure I was committed. Calico: having sections or patches colored differently and brightly. Since most of my artwork has been calico without my conscious awareness, I knew this was the seed for me. I began the process of choosing just the right 1”x1” squares to be woven together as my calico canvas. I included envelopes and letters to and from my grandmother Browning; maps of the Hudson Valley; and children's homework. Behold the patchwork of bold calico popcorn colors: yellows, browns, reds, maroons, giving each kernel its own artistic stamp." Medium: mixed media, pencil

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