Rio Grande Blue Flour Corn Seeds

Organic

#3161
This packet sows up to 16 feet.
Availability: In Stock
'Rio Grande Blue' corn's origins trace back to the Pueblo Native Americans in New Mexico. Blue corns, on average, have 20% higher protein content, more antioxidants, and a lower glycemic index than standard corn. Hang the 10"–12" ears to dry for a beautiful autumn display then save them to make delicious meals. Recipe inside for chocolate atole, a traditional warm beverage served during the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.
$3.49 8 grams

Robust Pop R400MR Popcorn Corn Seeds

#0297
This packet sows up to 18 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Once only commercially available, this type of popping corn is now available to the home gardener! 'Robust Pop R400MR' produces large, round popped kernels sturdy enough to hold a coating and stay in one piece, unlike the more common 'butterfly'-shaped popcorn. This is also the type of popcorn found in the popular Cracker Jacks®. Grow it in your backyard to make kettle corn, caramel corn, popcorn balls, or to top with seasonings.
$2.49 10 grams

Strawberry Popcorn Corn Seeds

#1255
This packet sows up to 16 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Each 'Strawberry' corn stalk produces 2 or more 2"–3" long ruby red, strawberry-shaped ears on compact 4' stalks. Beautiful foliage when used at the back of your flower border. At summer's end, harvest the kernels for popcorn. Kids will love to watch the ruby red kernels magically turn white when popped! You may want to save a few of these charming ears, as well as the dried stalks, for fall decor. The stalks are a nice backdrop to displays of pumpkins, gourds, and dried cobs.
$1.89 3 grams

Amish Rainbow Blend Broom Corn Seeds

#2006
Availability: In Stock
Broomfield, Colorado, the home of Botanical Interests, was named after the broom corn plant around 1900 when a lot of farmland was devoted to growing it. Brooms were traditionally made from the straw-like fibers after stripping off the seeds. Broom Corn is a member of the grass family, so instead of growing tassels and ears like sweet corn, it is topped by richly colored shiny seeds. Harvest them for fall dècor and dried arrangements, or grow enough to make your own broom!
$2.99 2 grams

Striped Japonica Ornamental Corn Seeds

#2038
This packet sows up to 16 feet.
Availability: In Stock
This beautiful, 5'–6' tall, ornamental heirloom corn dates back to at least the mid-1800s when it was brought to America from Japan. It has green, variegated leaves of pink, creamy white, yellow stripes, and dark purple tassels. A striking backdrop to a flowerbed or vegetable garden. Its cobs produce dark burgundy kernels that can be dried and saved for autumn displays or ground into a richly colored cornmeal.
$2.69 5 grams

Painted Hill Sweet Corn Seeds

#3148
This packet sows up to 19 feet.
Availability: In Stock
This colorful, open-pollinated sweet corn was developed from a cross of 'Painted Mountain' flour (Indian) corn with the heirloom sweet corn, 'Luther Hill'. The 7", multi-colored ears make a beautiful display, and every kernel is filled with robust, old-time corn flavor. Color is pale when fresh, but color intensifies when dried. Because 'Painted Mountain' was selected from the Rocky Mountains, 'Painted Hill' is adapted for short growing seasons and can germinate even in cool, wet soils.
$2.99 8 grams

Bloody Butcher Dent Corn Seeds

#3153
This packet sows up to 16 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Richly colored, reddish-black kernels sparkle like rubies on the 8"–12" ears. This spectacular heirloom variety is said to be a cross between a Native American corn and corn grown by American settlers. Ears may be eaten fresh when they're still young and tender. Dry the mature ears for decoration or grind them into flour. This statuesque variety reaches heights up to 12' tall, with 2 or more ears per stalk. Tolerates drought better than other varieties, too.
$3.49 10 grams

Dakota Black Popcorn Corn Seeds

#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

Glass Gem Flint Corn Seeds

#3176
This packet sows up to 19 feet.
Availability: In Stock
An unbelievably stunning corn bred by part-Cherokee farmer, Carl Barnes, from ancestral, Native American corn. Ears are a kaleidoscope of gem-like, rainbow kernels. 'Glass Gem' goes beyond pretty ornamental corn, it can also be used to make cornmeal, flour, popcorn, or traditional parched corn.
$4.99 8 grams

Martian Jewels Sweet Corn Seeds

#3180
This packet sows up to 25 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Though the striking color is other-worldly, the flavor of this one-of-a-kind jewel is more traditional—slightly less sweet than modern, very sweet hybrids. It was a labor of love to produce an open-pollinated corn that is loaded with beneficial anthocyanins (antioxidants), thanks to its Native American Hopi blue corn parents. Harvest fresh, or wait a bit longer and the sugar subsides, becoming perfect for breads or chowder, or wait even longer to harvest, and use the dried kernels for flour.
$3.49 9 grams

Dibblet

#9134
Availability: In Stock

Made from hand turned FSC* beech wood with 1cm graduations for greater accuracy when sowing seeds. This Burgon and Ball tool is so easy to use-simply insert the dibblet tip into the ground and push until you reach the desired line marking.

Features

  • Made from FSC* beech wood
  • 1cm graduations for accuracy
  • 7" in length
  • Burgon & Ball tools have been awarded endorsement by the Royal Horticultural Society, one of the world's leading horticultural organizations

*The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world's forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, certification and labeling of forest products.

$12.95 8 grams

Botanical Name: Zea mays

Days to Maturity: 90–100 days

Family: Poaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 5'–7' tall

Variety Information: Two or more 10"–12" long ears (may grow longer in ideal conditions) on each stalk, with dark blue kernels.

Type: Flour

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.

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"

Special Instructions: Do not mulch when weather is still cool; the roots of young plants need to be in soil that is warmed by the sun. When the weather warms up and plants are established, mulch to a depth of 2" or 3" with a material such as straw, leaves, or compost, to conserve moisture, reduce weed growth, and keep the roots warm. Place stakes or cages upon transplanting to avoid disturbing expanding roots later.

Harvesting: Let the ears dry on the stalks. They 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.