Mr Chiots and I are big fans of popcorn, we often eat it in the evenings. Since we’re trying to eat more locally we were thrilled to find some local popcorn last year. While I was out and about one day I spotted seeds for Bonatical Interests Strawberry Popcorn and I just had to have them. How can you not want to grow corn that’s described as: the diminutive strawberry shaped, ruby red ears on these stalks are an eye-catching addition to the back of the flower border. So we’re going to try growing our own popcorn this year.
I soaked the seeds overnight (I’ve heard it softens them and helps them germinate) and I planted them in peat pots. I wanted them to be germinated when I planted them because then I wouldn’t have to worry about animals digging up the seeds. I used peat pots because corn does not like to have it’s roots disturbed.
I had great germination in a few days and they were ready to plant on Monday.
So I headed over to my mom’s house to plant it in the plot that we tilled up several weeks ago. Yesterday we added some compost and other amendments and worked them into the soil.
Then I set about planting the corn seedlings. I’m thinking about making this a traditional 3 sisters planting, since this is an heirloom Indian corn. There’s already a ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ in there that my mom started and I have a few butternut and pumpkins to plant in there as well. I’ll have to pre-germinate some beans when the corn gets to be about 6-8 inches tall and then I’ll plant the pole beans at the base of the cornstalks.
I’m really excited about this popcorn. I’m hoping to have a good crop so I can give some away as Christmas gifts and so that we have enough popcorn to last us till next year.
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