Early Pink Popcorn Seeds - Zea mays - hard to find gourmet popcorn - Heirloom !
This Early Pink Popcorn is growing in popularity for two reasons. First it is VERY EARLY with a maturity of 85-95 days. Second, the color of the pink is very appealing. The kernels of pink are much the same as our miniature pink popcorn- pink to mauve to light purple. This early maturing popcorn has stalks about five feet high. The ears are 5-7 inches in length and about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. There are usually 1-2 ears per stalk. Again this variety can be popped for eating or used in decorations. Bisek Gardens has had many requests for ornamentals that are SHORT SEASON. This variety should mature in high altitudes or northern latitudes. A small percentage of ears will be pink “bearclaw” - another interesting characteristic of this appealing variety. Growing: CAUTION: Untreated sweet corn seed will not germinate in cold wet soil. Please be patient and wait till soil warms to at least 60° before sowing, or start seedlings indoors and transplant at 3–6" before taproots take off. Tender, will not survive frost. Heavy nitrogen requirements. Rows 3' apart, 4 seeds/ft. Thin to 1' apart. When corn is knee-high, side-dress with azomite or alfalfa meal to stimulate growth. Plant in blocks of at least 4 rows to ensure adequate pollination, essential for good tip fill. If you lack sufficient space for enough plants for good pollination, try hand-pollinating by cutting off the tassels and shaking their pollen onto the silks. Sweet corn is ready 18-24 days after the first silks show, the exact time dependent on the weather in the interim. Press ears 2" from the tips to assess kernel fullness. Harvest when the kernels are plump, soft, tender and filled with a milky juice. Most sugary enhanced varieties have an optimal picking window of 5–7 days, but some open-pollinated selections hold only 1–2 days.
Minimum soil temperature 50°, optimal temperature range 60-95°, optimal temperature 80°. Emergence takes 22 days at 50°,12 days at 59°, 7 days at 68°, only 4 days at 77°. 98% normal seedlings at 77°, only 91% at 86°.