What are the pros? Huge plants, amazing food crop
What are the cons? Lodging, increased spacing
After seeing this maize grown in of all places, Tahiti, I was excited to try it on my farm in Hawaii. I have grown several types of flour corn before, but I have never seen anything quite like this corn.
The germination rate was good (ca 90%) and the plants exploded in growth; the tallest plants were over 15 feet! There were significant losses to lodging (ca 30-40%) so do not thin your field too early. This particular variety of corn appreciates wide spacing, very rich soil, and responded well to moderate amounts of high-sulfur fertilizer.
Perhaps in the high Andes, six months is required for this maize to mature; In Hawaii, near sea level, I planted on 1 May, and the harvest was completed by the beginning of August. Curiously, tasseling was often dyssynchronous with silking, leaving the pollination to neighboring plants.
Finally, this corn is delicious and nutritious. The plants themselves are strikingly beautiful and season's end you'll have a jungle of Andean corn stalks.
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