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Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Organic

Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Organic

CN224

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
  • $3.25

  • CN224/M
  • 1 1/2 oz Organic
  • $6.15

  • CN224/N
  • 1/4 lb Organic
  • $13.95

  • CN224/F
  • 2 1/2 lbs Organic
  • $79.65
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per ounceFertilizer Needs
65-85°F7-141-2"8-12"4"24-30"80%1 year≈ 110-250High


Zea mays

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Hybrid SE/se Corn: The inherited sugar enhanced (SE/se) traits are what make these corn varieties unique. For starters, the kernel walls are the most tender of all corn varieties. Added to that are more sugars, making every ear as sweet as can be. After harvest, the conversion from sugar to starch in SE/se corn is delayed, so the corn maintains its sweetness longer after picking. To top it off, no isolation is required from other normal types of sweet corn, making SE/se corn very popular. For best germination, soil temperature should be at least 70°F.

Hybrid sh2 Supersweet Corn: The shrunken gene (sh2) gives the dried kernels an extra-wrinkled appearance. This inherited characteristic increases the sweetness of the corn at harvest time. Commonly called Supersweet, sh2 varieties are some of the sweetest corn available. They do not germinate well in cold wet soil, so make sure your soil is at least 70°F; use a soil thermometer if uncertain. To grow great Supersweet corn, isolate it by time or distance from any other corn.

OP Sweet Corn: For best seed saving results we recommend bagging plants to avoid cross pollination.

Ornamental Corn: Often used for decorating, but it also 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.

Popcorn: After picking and husking, spread the ears in a dry, airy place and allow to cure for several weeks. Test-pop a few kernels periodically to determine when the kernels are dry enough to twist from the cobs, store in airtight containers. Large quantities can be processed by placing into heaps and stomping the kernels off the ears. For best results, isolate from any other corn.

Synergistic Corn: Synergistic corn has 75% sugar enhanced kernels and 25% Supersweet kernels. It combines the exceptional tenderness and sweet corn flavor of SE/se varieties with the extra sweetness, extended shelf life and field-holding ability of sh2 varieties. For best results, isolate Synergistic corn from any other corn. For best germination, soil temperature should be at least 70°F.

Culture
• Corn performs best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0
• Corn is a heavy feeder requiring high amounts of nitrogen during the vegetative stage
• Waiting for soil to reach optimum temperature is critical to successful corn growing
• Corn is wind pollinated, for proper pollination plant individual varieties in blocks of at least 4 rows
• Separate varieties by time (plant 10 days apart), or distance (200 feet) to reduce cross-pollination
• For optimum growth ensure beds are watered evenly and deeply

Direct Sowing
• Make row furrows about 6-8 inches deep
• Spread 3-5 pounds of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 100 square feet
• Back fill the furrow, then sow seeds and cover with soil or sifted compost
• Thin seedlings when 4-5 inches

Transplanting
• Start indoors 2-3 weeks before desired transplant date
• Avoid letting starts get root bound and avoid damaging roots when planting

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Corn borer, corn ear worm
Insect control: Pyrethrin, applied before silking, Monterey B.t. to silks
Common diseases: Blight, rust, smut
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, remove old stalks in the fall, and contact your local extension agent with specific issues

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when kernels are full and milky
• Drying and browning of ear silks is also an indicator of maturity
• Ears should be cooled as quickly as possible and stored at 36°F

KEY TO CORN DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
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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beautiful corn!
Sep 20, 2017  |  By Nona
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This summer was the first time I tried growing corn in Western Washington. I had my doubts that I would get anything, but this variety of corn grew very well! I also grew the "cafe f1" variety that territorial seeds sells and it did splendid too. I grew a small 3x4 ft bed. Wish I could include a picture. Next year, I want to grow more so I can try my hand at drying the corn to use in making homemade tortillas or tamales.
Fantastic!!
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!