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Martian Jewels Corn Seeds

Martian Jewels Corn Seeds

Unique Garden Charm

Martian Jewel Corn: 

Varietal Features: Martian Jewel corn (Zea mays) is a striking, multi-colored corn known for its vibrant kernels that range from red to yellow, resembling the colors of jewels. 

Climatic Preference: Thriving in warm climates, this corn variety requires full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. 

Culinary Use: While primarily grown for ornamental purposes due to its stunning appearance, some gardeners use it for popcorn or decorative cornmeal. 

Planting Martian Jewel Corn: 

Seed Selection: Obtain high-quality seeds from reputable suppliers to ensure germination success and vibrant colors in the harvested corn. 

Timing: Plant seeds outdoors once the soil temperature reaches at least 60°F or after the last expected frost date in your region. Soil Preparation: Choose a fertile, loamy soil with good drainage. Amend soil with organic matter to enhance fertility. 

Spacing: Plant corn seeds or seedlings in rows, spacing them about 12-18 inches apart with rows spaced 30-36 inches apart to allow adequate room for growth. 

Ideal Growing Conditions and Zones: 

Suitable Growing Zones: Martian Jewel corn is suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 and above, thriving in regions with warm summers. Sunlight: Thrives in full sun exposure, requiring at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.

Watering: Maintain consistent soil moisture throughout the growing season, ensuring not to overwater, which can lead to rot. 

Fertilization: Apply balanced fertilizer or compost when planting and consider side-dressing with nitrogen-rich fertilizer during growth for healthy stalks. 

Care and Maintenance: 

Weed Control: Regularly remove weeds to reduce competition for nutrients and water. 

Support: Consider staking or supporting taller corn plants in windy conditions to prevent lodging. 

Pest Management: Monitor for common pests like corn earworms or aphids. Employ organic pest control methods as needed. 

Pollination and Harvesting: 

Pollination: Corn is wind-pollinated; ensure proper spacing for effective pollination between plants. 

Timing of Harvest: Harvest Martian Jewel corn when kernels are fully mature and hardened, typically 80-100 days after planting. 

Harvest Technique: Gently twist ears and pull downward to detach them from the stalk. Use immediately for ornamental purposes or allow kernels to dry for popcorn or decorative purposes. 

Storing and Usage: 

Ornamental Use: Martian Jewel corn is ideal for decorative purposes in arrangements or crafts due to its vibrant and eye-catching colors. 

Popcorn or Cornmeal: Use dried kernels for popping corn or grinding into decorative cornmeal for culinary or decorative use. Cultivating Martian Jewel corn in suitable USDA zones 4 and above not only provides a stunning and colorful addition but also offers the potential for ornamental and decorative uses. By following these steps and providing proper care, you can enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of this striking corn variety in your garden landscape or for various creative purposes.

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Quantity Discounts for Martian Jewels Corn Seeds
Buy 10 for $4.74 each
Buy 25 for $4.49 each
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Description

Martian Jewel Corn: 

Varietal Features: Martian Jewel corn (Zea mays) is a striking, multi-colored corn known for its vibrant kernels that range from red to yellow, resembling the colors of jewels. 

Climatic Preference: Thriving in warm climates, this corn variety requires full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. 

Culinary Use: While primarily grown for ornamental purposes due to its stunning appearance, some gardeners use it for popcorn or decorative cornmeal. 

Planting Martian Jewel Corn: 

Seed Selection: Obtain high-quality seeds from reputable suppliers to ensure germination success and vibrant colors in the harvested corn. 

Timing: Plant seeds outdoors once the soil temperature reaches at least 60°F or after the last expected frost date in your region. Soil Preparation: Choose a fertile, loamy soil with good drainage. Amend soil with organic matter to enhance fertility. 

Spacing: Plant corn seeds or seedlings in rows, spacing them about 12-18 inches apart with rows spaced 30-36 inches apart to allow adequate room for growth. 

Ideal Growing Conditions and Zones: 

Suitable Growing Zones: Martian Jewel corn is suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 and above, thriving in regions with warm summers. Sunlight: Thrives in full sun exposure, requiring at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.

Watering: Maintain consistent soil moisture throughout the growing season, ensuring not to overwater, which can lead to rot. 

Fertilization: Apply balanced fertilizer or compost when planting and consider side-dressing with nitrogen-rich fertilizer during growth for healthy stalks. 

Care and Maintenance: 

Weed Control: Regularly remove weeds to reduce competition for nutrients and water. 

Support: Consider staking or supporting taller corn plants in windy conditions to prevent lodging. 

Pest Management: Monitor for common pests like corn earworms or aphids. Employ organic pest control methods as needed. 

Pollination and Harvesting: 

Pollination: Corn is wind-pollinated; ensure proper spacing for effective pollination between plants. 

Timing of Harvest: Harvest Martian Jewel corn when kernels are fully mature and hardened, typically 80-100 days after planting. 

Harvest Technique: Gently twist ears and pull downward to detach them from the stalk. Use immediately for ornamental purposes or allow kernels to dry for popcorn or decorative purposes. 

Storing and Usage: 

Ornamental Use: Martian Jewel corn is ideal for decorative purposes in arrangements or crafts due to its vibrant and eye-catching colors. 

Popcorn or Cornmeal: Use dried kernels for popping corn or grinding into decorative cornmeal for culinary or decorative use. Cultivating Martian Jewel corn in suitable USDA zones 4 and above not only provides a stunning and colorful addition but also offers the potential for ornamental and decorative uses. By following these steps and providing proper care, you can enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of this striking corn variety in your garden landscape or for various creative purposes.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 3.25"W x 0.1"H

Features

  • Heirloom
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Succession Planting

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 10
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Corn Type : Sweet
Growth Habit : Upright
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Qualifies as Seed Unit Sizes : Seed Pack
Soil pH : 6.6 - 7.0
Soil pH : 7.1 - 7.5
Starting Location : Direct Sow
Sun Requirements : Full Sun

Planting & Care

Soil and Water: Corn is a heavy feeder requiring high amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK). Its weak and shallow root system likes loose soil with a high compost content.

Planting and Growing: Sow seeds directly outdoors 1 week after the last frost. You can start earlier by using black or green plastic mulches and floating row covers to obtain optimum conditions. Plant in blocks rather than rows to ensure good germination. To prevent cross-pollination, plant different varieties at least 500'.

Harvesting and Storage: Harvest when the husks are dry and brown. You will see the most translucent colors at this stage. Can be ground into meal or used for ornamental.

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