Strawberry popcorn seeds are fun and easy to grow in your garden. The small 2-3" cobs resemble strawberries in shape and color. Strawberry popcorn plants grow only 4 feet tall and produce mahogany colored cobs with blonde husks. This unique looking cob makes great a
Strawberry popcorn seeds are fun and easy to grow in your garden. The small 2-3" cobs resemble strawberries in shape and color. Strawberry popcorn plants grow only 4 feet tall and produce mahogany colored cobs with blonde husks. This unique looking cob makes great autumn decorations and tastes great popped. Our kids get a kick out of popping strawberry popcorn.
Site & Soil
Sow popcorn seeds 3 inches apart after all chance of frost has passed. Keep moist until sprouts are established then thin to 6 - 9 inches. Popcorn seeds should be planted in rows to ensure pollination. A group of at least 3 rows 2-3 feet apart is most effective. Seeds need fertile well drained soil to thrive and produce the best quality ears. Plenty of nitrogen early on definitely helps popcorn reach it's potential. Once tassels appear a good quality fruiting or bloom fertilizer works great. Once established water when soil becomes dry.
Hoe shallowly when weeding to avoid root disturbance and in exposed areas earth up the stems to 13cm (5in) to increase stability. Although corn can tolerate high temperatures and drought, this can lead to poor pollination (empty cobs!) Water regularly, especially if you notice the leaves curling and when the cobs begin to swell. Apply nitrogen fertilizer once the plants are about 20cm (8”) tall and again when they start producing tassels.
Corn seed does not germinate below 10°C (50°F) Start off indoors in Spring or sow directly outside from May. It must have a long warm season to perform well. This means around 70 to 110 frost free days after planting at around 16C - 35C (61°F - 95°F).