Dakota Black Popcorn Corn Seeds

Organic

#3166
This packet sows up to 19 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Add 'Dakota Black' to your garden for delicious popcorn or as a stunning ornamental. This open-pollinated (non-hybrid) variety produces one 5"–8" ear per plant with striking, purple-black kernels, on 4'–6' tall stalks. Let the ears dry on the stalks in late summer then harvest for decorating or for making popcorn. When popped, the kernels pop white but retain the dark color in the hulls, giving them a unique appearance.
$2.99 8 grams

Botanical Name: Zea mays

Days to Maturity: 95–105 days

Family: Poaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 4'–6' tall

Variety Information: 5"–8" ears with 15 rows of purple-black kernels. 'Dakota Black' pops into a butterfly/snowflake shape with black centers.

Type: Popcorn

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–90°F

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to transplanting. Best results occur when seedlings are transplanted less than 2 weeks old.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1"–1 ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Let the ears dry on the stalks. The kernels are ready for harvest when they are hard and you can no longer leave a mark on them with your fingernail. Before the first fall frost, give each ear a twist until it breaks off. Peel back the husks, then hang the ears in a cool, dark, dry place for 4 to 6 weeks to cure. This is important to prevent mold and to dry to the optimal moisture percentage for popping. (In a perfect popcorn world, that would be 13½–14%.) After that, the cobs are ready for popping or storing. To strip off cured kernels, twist the cobs back and forth to loosen them (gloves are recommended).