Heirloom 1845. A stunning, decorative and useful corn variety growing 12’ tall with 8-12” reddish maroon ears. Intensely colorful kernels can be ground into flour and cornmeal while still being edible when young and eaten like a sweet corn.
Scientific Name: Zea mays
Plant Life Cycle: annual
Optimal Germination Temperature: 19 °C
Germination time in days: 7-14 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 120 Days
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil requirement: well drained, fertile
Sowing and cultivation: Direct sow 1.5 cm deep in late spring when soil temperatures are over 19C. Thin plants 20-30 cm apart in 4-5 rows, and 60-90 cm apart for best pollination.
Tips: Corn is a nitrogen lover. Add manure in autumn or rich compost a few weeks before planting. Once planted, add a high-nitrogen organic fertilizer every few weeks until the corn tassels form. Keep the area weed-free, especially when they are seedlings and well watered.