Popcorn

I grew two varieties of popcorn this year. One variety was Early Pink and the other variety was Strawberry. I pulled a head off of each type to see how they were coming along. When the end of the warm spell ends this week I plan on harvesting all the popcorn. This is a new thing for me to grow so I hope it pops. Maybe I will become a master popcorn grower instead of a troubled sweet corn grower.

The Strawberry variety is absolutely beautiful. The ears only grow to about 2” to 3” and the corn stalks grow about 4′ tall. Just looking at it makes me want to hang it on a wall. Except I don’t have any walls to hang it on and somehow I think it would get lost in the studs.

The Early Pink variety was planted right next to my sweet corn. So you can see some of the sweet corn yellow kernels in the corn. Next year I will be better about spacing my corn varieties. But I won’t worry about it too much as they just won’t pop when I get around to making popcorn this winter. Early Pink ears get around 5” to 6” long and the stalk grows about 5′ tall. You can see the size, color, and kernel difference in this picture.

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6 Responses to Popcorn

  1. Lynn says:

    Check that out – popcorn!! The strawberry one is so pretty! Hope it all pops!!

  2. Leigh says:

    Love that strawberry one!

    I haven’t tried to save corn seed yet, but I have a really good book, _Saving Seed_ by Marc Rogers (Storey Books). He recommends covering young developing ears with a water-proof, nonplastic bag and then hand pollinating when the tassels are ready. I will probably try this next year as cross pollination seems to be a real problem when it comes to saving corn seed.

  3. molly says:

    What stunning colours! I never knew corn came like that, I’ve only ever seen yellow lol

  4. robin says:

    Leigh- I don’t have that book but I have the book Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy. I actually need to dig it out to do more reading but it’s packed away due to the house reno’s going on. Lee was going to detassel some of the corn but then time got away from us when it should have been done. That was before we realized that cross breeding alters this years corn flavor. We will have to be more on the ball next year.

    Molly- They are even prettier in person. I have to say that I got even more excited about the popcorn over the sweet corn just because of the colors.

  5. Leigh says:

    Oh yes, I can relate to the books still being packed away!

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