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Painted Mountain Corn Organic

Painted Mountain Corn Organic


70-90 days. One of the most widely adapted and genetically diverse corn varieties available today. Painted Mountain contains every shade of color known to corn. Vivid oranges, golds, reds, and purples make the brightest fall harvest decorations. The 4-5 foot stalks bear up to 2 narrow, 7 inch long cobs. Can be eaten fresh. If dried, the grain can be ground into flour, boiled into hominy, or parched.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 110-250 seeds per ounce.
  • CN211/L
  • 1/2 oz Organic
  • $3.65

  • CN211/M
  • 2 oz Organic
  • $6.75
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 110-250 seeds per ounce.

Zea mays: Ornamental corn, best known as Indian corn, is often used for decorating, but it makes great cornmeal and corn flour. Grow just as you do sweet corn. The earliest plantings are preferred to ensure ample time for field drying. Ears may be picked after the husks begin drying. Isolation is necessary between varieties to preserve color combinations.

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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Grow flour corn in Seattle
Aug 2, 2014  |  By Stephan
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Painted Mountain is lots of fun to grow. The plants come up in every color, size, and shape. Plants tend to be wimpy-looking compared to other types of corn. This is one of the few varieties that will successfully produce flour corn in Seattle. It's not super productive, but Seattle isn't really the place to grow corn anyway. The ears are absolutely stunning. Since it's open-pollinated and genetically diverse, PM would serve well as the basis for selecting your own personal flour corn landrace.
Versatile and Easy
Dec 26, 2013  |  By Missy
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I grew this two years ago, with stunning success. We have erratic seasons and very alkaline soil, so I didn't expect it to do well. It did, and I still have cornmeal in the freezer. It's colorful, with a delightful nutty flavor. I didn't try it fresh because the season got away from me, but I let it dry on the stalk and ground it down. Last year, I tried another variety, without so much success. I'm going back to Painted Mountain again.
Low end of spectrum
Apr 22, 2013  |  By Ron Danielson
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Echo the sentiments of previous poster, less than 60 seeds in one half ounce package. Average is 115 seeds per ounce. I ordered based on thinking I would get in the middle of the 110- 250 range, not close.
Great corn
Apr 7, 2013  |  By Lorinda McKinnon
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This corn grows beautifully in our short season, hot day/cold night garden. FYI there were exactly 56 kernels in each 1/2 oz pkg, which was the VERY low end of the estimation. Don't hope for the high end of 125!