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Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Seeds (Organic)

Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn Seeds (Organic)

Traditional Rainbow Corn

Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn, an esteemed heirloom variety, traces its origins to Native American cultivation methods. This cultivar, revered for its historical significance and rich, multi-colored kernels, has become a cherished choice among corn aficionados.

Within the Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn family, there aren't distinct subspecies, but this cultivar stands out for its tall growth and stunning appearance. The plant typically reaches heights of 6 to 8 feet, showcasing sturdy stalks and broad, deep green leaves. The ears exhibit a captivating array of colors—ranging from shades of yellow, red, purple, and blue—creating a vibrant and diverse tapestry on the cob.

Taste-wise, Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn offers a blend of nutty, earthy flavors coupled with its inherent sweetness. While it is primarily used for decorative purposes due to its ornamental appearance, the kernels can also be dried and ground into cornmeal for a variety of culinary uses.

When planting from seed, Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn requires well-draining, fertile soil with ample sunlight. Sow seeds directly into the ground once the soil has sufficiently warmed, usually after the last frost date. Allow for proper spacing between plants to ensure adequate growth and pollination.

Regular watering throughout the growing season, especially during dry periods, contributes significantly to healthy stalk development and vibrant kernel colors. As the corn matures, the ears become a visual feast, showcasing the brilliant hues that characterize this heirloom variety, adding a unique charm to any garden or landscape.

USDA Certified Organic
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Description

Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn, an esteemed heirloom variety, traces its origins to Native American cultivation methods. This cultivar, revered for its historical significance and rich, multi-colored kernels, has become a cherished choice among corn aficionados.

Within the Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn family, there aren't distinct subspecies, but this cultivar stands out for its tall growth and stunning appearance. The plant typically reaches heights of 6 to 8 feet, showcasing sturdy stalks and broad, deep green leaves. The ears exhibit a captivating array of colors—ranging from shades of yellow, red, purple, and blue—creating a vibrant and diverse tapestry on the cob.

Taste-wise, Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn offers a blend of nutty, earthy flavors coupled with its inherent sweetness. While it is primarily used for decorative purposes due to its ornamental appearance, the kernels can also be dried and ground into cornmeal for a variety of culinary uses.

When planting from seed, Hooker's Sweet Indian Corn requires well-draining, fertile soil with ample sunlight. Sow seeds directly into the ground once the soil has sufficiently warmed, usually after the last frost date. Allow for proper spacing between plants to ensure adequate growth and pollination.

Regular watering throughout the growing season, especially during dry periods, contributes significantly to healthy stalk development and vibrant kernel colors. As the corn matures, the ears become a visual feast, showcasing the brilliant hues that characterize this heirloom variety, adding a unique charm to any garden or landscape.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lb

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 3.125"W x 0.1"H

Features

  • Heirloom
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Succession Planting

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
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
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 & 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 & 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 & Storage: Ripe corn usually has a small amount of green silk near the top, with dry, brownish silk at the ends. Sugar content is highest in the morning.

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