Corn Popcorn Strawberry HEIRLOOM Seeds

Corn Popcorn Strawberry HEIRLOOM Seeds

Zea mays

Item #1255

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 décor. The stalks are a nice backdrop to displays of pumpkins, gourds, and dried cobs.

This packet sows three 10-foot rows.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1"-1 1/2"

Seed Spacing:
2 seeds every 12”

Row Spacing:
2'-3'

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

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special Sowing Instructions: Since pollination occurs by wind, corn should be sown in short, parallel rows or blocks.

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 13.5–14%.) After that, the cobs are ready for popping or stripping off the kernels to store in an airtight container. To strip off cured kernels, twist the cobs back and forth to loosen them (gloves are recommended).

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