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Corn, Indian Ornamental

  Corn, Indian Ornamental

Heirloom. Organic. The favorite super-early variety produces sweet, 7" flavor-filled ears at least a wk. earlier than other "early" types. Indian Ornamental Corn is a vintage open-pollinated (not to be confused with later hybrids of the same name) variety first introduced by Henry Fields in 1956 as an early sweet corn. Produces heavy yields of 7" ears with 12-14 rows of tender yellow kernels. Good choice for short seasons. Not fussy about soil or climate. 68-70 days. Long a favorite of home and market growers alike. Indian Ornamental is a rugged and versatile variety that will grow in just about any soil and in just about any climate. An exceptional early corn that tends to produce a large yield.

Planting Indian Ornamental  Corn

While starting seeds of the Indian Ornamental  Corn is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful. Sow Indian Ornamental  Corn seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Indian Ornamental  Corn are hot weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Indian Ornamental  Corn in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed.  Plant seeds ½ - 1" deep. Plant seeds or set out heirloom watermelon transplants in full sun. For rows plant 6-12" apart, in rows 6-10' apart. For hills plant 4-6 seeds per hill, in 1' diameter hills, with hills 6-10' apart. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 70-85°F. In hills thin to 2 plants per hill. In rows thin plants to or set out transplants 6-8" apart. Height: 5-6’  Plants   Spacing: 6-8" inches, 12 inches between rows Depth: ½ to 1  inch Germination: 5-10 days

Starting from Seed Indoors.

Generally, Corn is grown directly into the soil and not transplanted from starters.

Direct-seeding into the Garden.

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the area. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1 inch of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 6 to 8 inches in rows approximately 8-12 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1 inch of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Corn plants is approximately 5 to 10 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.

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