Growing Rainbow Multicolors Flint Ornamental Corn Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Zea mays var. indurata
- Other Names: Ornamental Corn, Maize, Calico Corn, Indian Corn
- Days to Maturity: 60-110 days
- Hardiness Zone: Annual, not intended for overwintering; suitable for all USDA hardiness zones
- Planting Depth: 1-2”
- Plant Spacing: 4”, thinned to 12" apart
- Row Spacing: 1-1/2-2’
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Fertile, well-draining soil; consistent and plentiful moisture; 6.0 to 6.8 pH
- Temp Preference: 65-degree F soil to germinate; sensitive to frost
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: European corn borer, corn earworms, seedcorn maggots, rust, smut
- Color: Red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, white, and mixed kernels
Rainbow Multicolors Flint Corn Seed Growth Habits:
Corn can grow as tall as 6' and have a spread of 1 to 1-1/2', so you will need room to grow rainbow flint corn.
Directly sow the Rainbow Multicolors flint corn seeds into the ground when the soil reaches 65 degrees F or higher. You can plant corn in rows or in hills. If you plant the corn in rows, space the seeds 4" apart in rows that are 18" to 24" apart, then thin the seedlings to 12" apart when they reach 4" tall. If you plant the corn seed in hills, plant 3 to 4 seeds per hill and space the hills 12" apart.
Corn is a heavy feeder, so be sure to add rich compost before planting, plan for aggressive weed control, and consider adding fertilizer during the growing season.
After the corn has tasseled, leave the ears on the stalk to allow them to dry out. Harvest the ears by twisting them or cutting them off the stalk.
Various Uses for Rainbow Flint Ornamental Corn:
Flint corn is primarily used for decoration during the fall, but it can also be used as livestock feed. The outer shell on the kernels of flint corn is very hard, and the kernels have far less moisture than sweet corn, making them unpalatable for people to consume.
Rainbow Multicolors Flint Ornamental Corn Benefits:
Flint ornamental corn provides an array of colors for decorating during the autumn months. Red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, white, and mixed kernels adorn each ear of corn for a beautiful display.
Corn originated in Mexico, and it has been cultivated for at least 7,500 years.
Seeds Per Package:
- 10 g - Approximately 65 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 200 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 800 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 3,200 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 16,000 Seeds