Corn Popcorn Dakota Black Organic Seeds

Corn Popcorn Dakota Black Organic Seeds

Zea mays

Item #3166

95-100 days. Add Black Dakota to your garden for delicious popcorn or as a stunning ornamental. Open-pollinated (non-hybrid) variety that produces 6' tall stalks with 1 or 2, 4"–6" ears per plant with striking purple-black kernels. 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.

This packet sows two 10-foot rows.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1"-1 1/2"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 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. They are ready for harvest when the kernels 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 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).

Artist: Debra Rocchi



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