PAINTED MOUNTAIN CORN, Organic, Heirloom, Non-Gmo B10

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Organic Corn Seed - Ultra-early with vibrant colors.

70-90 Days. This corn is the very definition of rugged beauty! These incredibly tough plants were bred in the bitter cold mountains of Montana. They boast impressive cold hardiness, earliness, drought tolerance, and they thrive at high altitudes. Montana farmer Dave Christensen has dedicated his life to naturally breeding a corn that flourishes in harsh conditions. Since the 1970s, he has sampled over 70 open-pollinated corn varieties to create Painted Mountain from heirlooms grown by northern Native American tribes over thousands of years and homesteaders from harsh northern climates. The bright color of the kernels indicate a high nutrient content, making it an ear of excellent corn for decoration or eating! Painted Mountain Corn can be eaten fresh, ground, or roasted, and it makes a highly nutritious flour for muffins, johnnycakes, tortillas, and chips!

Developed for its hardiness, earliness, and colorful display in the mountains of Montana. Avg. 6–7" multicolor ears for decorating, easy grinding, roasting, or use in hominy grits. Also makes a high-nutrition flour. Avg. 4' plants

Count: ~10
70-90 Days Full Sun Sprouts in 7-10 Days Seed Depth: 1-2" Ideal Temperature: 75-80 F Plant Spacing: 12" Frost Hardy: No Zea mays

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Zea mays CULTURE: Ornamental and field corn can be planted in temperatures slightly cooler than sweet corn, which does best when soil temperatures are at least 60°F (16°C). PLANTING: Plant early to ensure the maturity of kernels for a good, dry ripeness. Sow ¾–1" deep, 6–7" apart (or 2 seeds every 9", thinning to 1 plant), rows 30–36" apart. Increase this rate for untreated seeds. Arrange in blocks of at least 4 rows for proper pollination, which is needed for well-filled ears. Successive plantings can be made through early summer; most growers prefer to extend the season by planting a few varieties of different maturities. DISEASES AND PESTS: Corn borers and earworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The best approach to borer control is prompt plowing in or removal and composting of cornstalks after harvest. Wireworms in the roots result from an excess of organic matter that hasn't broken down, such as sod and tilled-in mulch. They will not be a problem in stable humus conditions. Consult your local Extension office for Integrated Pest Management program information. To control raccoons, an electric fence with 3 strands placed at 3–4" normally provides adequate control. HARVEST: Normally dry corn is left out for several touches of frost, but the ears may be picked after the husks begin drying. Bring husked ears under cover to complete drying. Popcorn should be harvested when kernels are fully mature (hard and glossy) or they won't pop well. After husking, spread out the ears in a dry, airy place and allow them to "cure" for several weeks. The ideal moisture content for popcorn is 13–14.5%. Periodic test-popping will tell you when the kernels are dry enough to store, either on the cob or shelled. DAYS TO MATURITY: Maturity was recorded at our farm in Maine (Lat. 44.5°N). Corn will generally mature earlier farther south, later farther north, all environmental conditions being equal.