Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Corn. 4.20.16

Germinating Indian Corn "Painted Mountain".  4.20.16
Over the past 2 weeks, I have been planting rows of Indian Corn "Painted Mountain".  This variety is genetically diverse, from Native American collections, and is considered more cold tolerant than others.  The soil temp is 58 to 60 degrees overnight, and high 70s to low 80s during the day.  This is unseasonal heat.  The normal practice is wait until mid May or later.

I decided to plant now.  If there is a frost, that will kill the plants.  If  we have an unseasonable warm year all year, it will be good to get it growing early.

I also planted a block of Trinity Sweet Corn 3 days ago, far removed from the Indian corn and not downwind.  The intent it plant more every 2 or 3 weeks, to get a long summer of sweet corn.


  1. One of my biggest garden thrills is to see corn poking up! I've planted two rows and will seed two more in 2 to 3 weeks, extending the season. Hopefully, no more frost.

  2. I hope so too. Tonight and tomorrow night are predicted into the high 30s. Still, this is only the first bed to be planted. If it doesn't survive, the next one should.