Alternative cultivar names:
| 'Chires Baby Corn'
|| Baby corn
|Zea mays subsp. mays
|Zea mays var. everta
General Plant Information (Edit)
||Edible to birds
||Needs specific temperature: 55-85º
Days to germinate: 6-10 depending on soil temp
Depth to plant seed: 2 inches
Sow in situ
||Not suitable for containers
|Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Dec 18, 2011 2:16 PM
Although considered a "popcorn" due to it being considered "everta" this cultivar is most often grown for the young immature cobs you normally find in Oriental stir-fry and also in pickled dishes. Delicious either way.
Easily grown in the home garden; one of the "funnest" vegetables to grow! Can be planted in small areas as well as the larger fields. Best plant spacing is 10-12 inches apart offering full sun. No doubt it can also be grown in wash tubs or other large containers, preferably five plants minimum for good pollination. Allow 75-85 days to maturity.
Plants produce multiple stalks (often 3 to 5) and produce as much as 20 cobs per plant. (Average seems to be between 10-15.) NOTE: Pick cobs five days after silks appear for the perfect stir-fry. This will also initiate more cobs forming if weather is suitable. For those of you who prefer popcorn leave cobs on plant to dry.
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