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Painted Mountain Corn Organic
70-90 days. One of the most widely adapted and genetically diverse corn 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.
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|Seed Depth||Seed Spacing||Soil 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.