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Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Organic

Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Organic


75–80 days. First obtained by Ira Hooker nearly 70 years ago near Olympia, Washington. The 4–4 1/2 foot stalks produce 5–7 inch ears of some of the finest tasting corn. Ears typically have 10–12 rows of kernels that dry blue-black upon maturing, and grind into the sweetest cornmeal.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 110-250 seeds per ounce.
  • CN224/L
  • 1/2 oz Organic
  • $3.05

  • CN224/M
  • 1 1/2 oz Organic
  • $5.85

  • CN224/N
  • 1/4 lb Organic
  • $12.95

  • CN224/F
  • 2 1/2 lb Organic
  • $69.50
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 110-250 seeds per ounce.

Zea mays: We offer open-pollinated corn especially for the seed saver. Yields may be somewhat lower than hybrid sweet corn. Corn varieties need to be separated by at least 1/2 mile or need to be bagged to prevent cross pollination for seed saving purposes.

CULTURE: Patience is critical to growing a good crop of corn. Corn does not like cold wet soil so resist the urge to plant until the soil temperature is warm enough. If in doubt, get a soil thermometer and check! Enthusiastic gardeners can get a jumpstart by starting the seed indoors and transplanting after the danger of frost has passed. Because corn is wind pollinated, plant individual varieties in blocks of 4 rows. Space rows 24-30 inches apart, and make row furrows about 6-8 inches deep. Spread 3-5 pounds of our complete fertilizer per 100 linear feet or 100 square feet. Back fill the furrow then sow seeds and cover with soil or sifted compost. When seedlings are 4-5 inches tall, thin plants. Water regularly and deeply. Up until the corn begins to tassel, use Age Old Grow or a high nitrogen fertilizer as a foliar spray every 7-14 days. If the color of the plant is dark green, cut back the fertilizer. Mulch with compost or composted manure to help retain moisture and control weeds.
NUMBER OF EARS: Most corn varieties are bred to produce 2 ears. Excellent growing conditions and soil fertility can sometimes result in a third ear.
DISEASE: The incidence of disease in corn is being greatly reduced by breeding resistant varieties. Prevention is enhanced by a 3-year crop rotation and removing old stalks in the fall.
INSECTS/PESTS: Corn borers can be controlled with applications of Pyrethrin applied before silking. Contact your local county extension agent for more specific pest control measures in your area. The most important control measure is removing all stalks and refuse from the garden in fall.
HARVEST: When kernels are full and milky. A drying and browning of the ear silks is a good indicator of readiness. Ears should be cooled as quickly as possible and stored at 34°F.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 1 year.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
MDMV | Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus
NCLB | Northern Corn Leaf Blight
R | Common Rust
SCLB | Southern Corn Leaf Blight
SW | Stewart's Wilt
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Nov 22, 2014  |  By Renee T.
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I almost never write a review for anything, but just have to with this one! I live up in the Skagit Valley, and have tried growing corn organically for several years now. Just about to give up because of how short the season is for good sweet corn without BigAg help. Hooker's was fantastic!!! I planted a few different varieties this summer for comparison, and Hookers was on the plate (I found it quite sweet) long before the others had silk. And then on my drying racks before the rest had finished developing. Short stalk, and smallish cobs, but 3 and 4 ears regularly per stalk! Love it! Thanks Territorial :)
I think I like it!
Jul 27, 2014  |  By Mark
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Wasn't sure what to expect when I planted this corn and my crop was pretty much a disaster. First when it was about 6" tall a hail storm buried it in 3" of ice. It recovered "kinda" and got about 5 feet tall. Then as it was starting to make good the coons helped themselves to most of it. I ended up with about a dozen ears that probably would have been good boiled and buttered but they didn't make it, I ate all but two of them straight off the stalk. I saved the other two for the woman who likes that super sweet stuff and who complained that I planted this instead. Her only comment was "do we have more of this?" I will be growing a lot more of it next year.
Good Corn
Dec 13, 2013  |  By Dale Smith
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Sprouted In Three Days And Grew Well It Got 5 And a Half Feet Tall And Produced Mostly 4to Inch Ears Of Blue Black Corn With Good Flavor. Great For A Sweet Blue Corn Meal When Dried
Misleading Picture
Aug 8, 2013  |  By Mark Myers
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I wish territorial seed would change the picture, it makes it look like this is a multicolored indian corn with lots of red kernels, but actually it is only a blue-black colored corn. I didn't read the description carefully enough when comparing it to other ornamental corns I was looking at, so I didn't realize this until I was planting it and all the seeds were black.
Awesome Corn!
Aug 7, 2012  |  By Catherine
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I am a very amatuer gardener. I planted Seredipty and Hookers corn this year. I have started harvesting ears off of the Hookers corn for eating. The corn is not a super sweet type but is sweet with a wonderful 'corn' taste. I have not managed to get my stunted Serendipity corn to grow over 2 feet tall. Not a fault of the seed, but to let other readers know, how much of an amatuer I am. I love the Hookers corn, will grow it again next year! My very picky 5 yr old likes it too, and she hates corn!