(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 it may be of the world’s oldest agricultural crops. It’s best seeded directly into the garden, 1-2 inches deep, 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. Whether planted in rows or beds, allow an average of one square foot per plant. Corn can be very drought tolerant, but ears fill best when there is good soil moisture as the tassels and silk are first emerging, and when dry conditions are not allowed to prevail at tasseling time. 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. Sweet corn is picked when milky juice is contained within the kernels; clear juice indicates immaturity, and chewiness means the ear is over-mature. Ears of flour corn should be left on the plant until thoroughly dry in the fall.
85 days. Wow, finally an open-pollinated, super sweet corn that is perfect for the home gardener. These are not only sugar sweet, but also have that old-fashioned corn flavor! This sweet corn comes from a traditional seed breeder in Germany as a very sweet, fairly early variety bearing large yellow kernels. It is a sugar-enhanced corn that will grow well in many different places. Our sweetest variety, perfect for fresh eating, canning, freezing and adding to a myriad of delicious dishes, and best of all you can save your own seeds for future gardens and gardeners!
Amazing black corn that even grows in the north! A deep purple and super anthocyanin-rich flour corn from Montana! This variety is a northern adapted homage to the legendary Maiz Morado/Kulli corn from Peru. Ed Shultz, the accomplished and passionate open pollinated corn breeder who spent 30 years selecting this dark purple variety, explains that Montana morado is was actually selected from the Painted Mountain corn. Perfect for those northern gardeners who have always dreamed of growing dark purple corn to brew into the popular healthful corn drink, chicha morada. This slightly variable, Montana landrace is well adapted to super long summer days and cool nights, however it will also perform well (and mature even earlier) in shorter day length areas. Short, stocky plants produce an average of 2 ears per plant, with 8 row, long slender cobs. Can also be milled into a supremely soft, delicious flour.
Averages 65 days to maturity. A supremely early maturing sweet corn with delicious flavor. This compact variety was bred in Canada and offered by the North Dakota seed company Oscar H. Will and Company in the 1940s. A perfect choice for limited garden space or growing in containers, the stalks stand just 3-5 feet tall bearing 2 ears each. Kernels are sweet and yellow with classic sweet corn flavor.