(Zea mays) The quintessential Native American crop, corn was a staple of indigenous peoples from South America to the Great Lakes. It’s believed to have been domesticated in Mexico, and may be of the world’s oldest agricultural crops. It’s best seeded directly into the garden, in good, rich, well-drained soil, right about the time of the last spring frost. Plant it in blocks rather than long narrow rows, to improve pollination. Corn can be very drought tolerant, but ears fill best when there is good soil moisture when tassels and silk first emerge. Harvest sweet corn when the kernels are full of milky-colored juice; allow other types to remain on the stalks until fully dry. All types of heirloom corn are grown the same way. At about the time of last frost in spring, plant heirloom corn seeds directly into the richest soil available, 1-2 inches deep. Whether planted in rows or beds, allow the corn plants up to about one square foot per plant, on average. Ears fill best when dry conditions are not allowed to prevail at tasseling time. Sweet corn is picked when milky juice is contained within the kernels; clear juice is immature, and chewiness means the ear is over-mature. Flour corn is left on the plant until thoroughly dry in the fall.


(Kulli) Black Incan Corn JS143

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Bedwell's Supreme White Dent Corn

Bedwell's Supreme White Dent Corn CN148

Stately plants usually produce 2 ears, 12-14” long. These are white, but... Read More
Cheqche Peskoruntu Corn

Cheqche Peskoruntu Corn JS321


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Cherokee Long Ear Corn CN138

100 days. A beautiful blend of brightly colored long ears (5”-7”), wonderful... Read More
Cherokee White Eagle Corn

Cherokee White Eagle Corn CN144

Beautiful white and blue kernels on 8”-10” ears, makes superb corn meal... Read More
Chuspi Puka Purple

Chuspi Puka Purple JS327


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Country Gentleman Sweet Corn

Country Gentleman Sweet Corn CN105

90 days. Introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff & Sons. Sweet, delicious and... Read More
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Dakota Black Popcorn CN136

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Dakota Ivory Corn CN161

Ivory-colored flour corn. Kernels are plump and surprisingly sweet. When... Read More
Doreen Sweet Corn

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Early season sweet corn that yields in cool climates. Dorinny was originally... Read More
Glass Gem Corn

Glass Gem Corn CN162

Indescribably beautiful flint or popcorn comes in an endless range... Read More

Golden Bantam 12-Row Corn

Golden Bantam 12-Row Corn CN143

Released in 1922 by the Clark Seed Company of Milford, Connecticut. Although... Read More
Indian Berries Popcorn

Indian Berries Popcorn CN151

95 days--Dramatic multi-colored ears are decorative and delicious! 4- to... Read More
Karu Kay Suni Corn

Karu Kay Suni Corn JS334


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K'uyu Chuspi Corn

K'uyu Chuspi Corn JS331


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K'uyu Chuspi Dark Corn

K'uyu Chuspi Dark Corn JS326


Patrick Simcox and his fiance Daniela collected...
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Midnight Snack Corn

Midnight Snack Corn CN156

(Sweet) 77 days—Stalks reach to 6 feet, 12-14 rows of kernels on modest... Read More
Missouri Pipe Corn

Missouri Pipe Corn CN154

(Dent) Also called Meerschaum Pipe Corn--Creamy-white dent kernels are... Read More
Morado Potolero Corn

Morado Potolero Corn JS145

Morado Potolero Mexican Corn, This amethyst colored corn is an old favorite... Read More
Oaxaca Green Corn

Oaxacan Green Corn CN147

85-100 days. The stunningly beautiful ears of corn come in a range of... Read More
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Chipa corn is a stunningly brilliant yellow Paraguayan flour corn. Robust... Read More

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Peruvian Chullpi Corn

Peruvian Chullpi Corn JS144

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