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Corn, Dakota Black Popcorn
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A truly unique, long maturing popcorn with nearly black, pointed seeds that make delicious white popcorn with black centers. This variety must dry fully in the field for maximum popping.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 105

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50 seeds $ 3.49
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500 seeds $ 19.99
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  • Open Pollinated
  • Size: 4 -6 feet plant, 5 -6 inch ears
  • Hardiness: Tender Annual
  • Sun: Full/Partial
  • Water: Moderate
  • Seed Planting Depth: 1.00"
  • Days to Germination: 6-12 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 8"-12"
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Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Corn is most commonly direct seeded, but can also be started in cell trays indoors for better germination and an earlier crop. Corn seed will rot in cool soil, so wait until soil temperatures reach 60-65°F before direct seeding. Plant in blocks for optimum pollination, and sow every 2-3 weeks until midsummer for continuous harvests. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 3-4 inches apart, allowing 36-48 inches between rows. Thin to one plant every 8-12 inches. To start seedlings indoors, fill 1-1/2 inch cell trays with a sterile seed starting mix. Plant 1 seed per cell, 1/2 inch deep. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 75-85°F. Transplant 3-4 week old seedlings outside after all danger of frost has passed, 8-12 inches apart, allowing 36-48 inches between rows.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Corn is a heavy feeder, and may be grown in a wide range of soil types with a pH of 5.5–7.0 and good fertility. It is a warm season crop sensitive to cool soil conditions. Always grow different types of corn (su/se sweet corn, sh2 super sweet corn, and popcorn and starch types) separated from each other by an isolation distance of at least 100’. Cross pollination between types makes kernels starchy and tough. In addition, since corn is wind pollinated and the pollen may travel one mile or more, isolate from genetically modified varieties to ensure crop integrity.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Practice crop rotations. Destroy or incorporate crop residue to control leaf blights, root worm and European corn borer. Stewart’s Wilt, a serious bacterial disease, is spread by the flea beetle and can be difficult to manage in areas of heavy flea beetle pressure. Use Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) for suppression of corn ear worms or cut off damaged portion of ears prior to eating.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Corn begins converting its sugars to starch as soon as it is picked. Normal sugary (su) varieties are best consumed within a few hours of picking. Sugary enhanced (se) varieties will retain their sweetness for several days after picking. Harvest when the silks are dried brown and the ears feel plump to the tip.
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