Heirloom and Open-pollinated seeds

Strawberry Popcorn


Zea mays

min qty: 1 oz

Fun little corn that only grows to about 4-5 feet high, but produces at least 2 strawberry-shaped ears per stalk with small red kernels.  Heat and drought tolerant.  Great for an ornamental but the kernels also pop and like other flint corns, it can be ground into cornmeal or flour.

Planting and growing instructions:

  1. Choose the right location: Corn requires full sun and well-drained soil. Choose a location that gets at least 8 hours of direct sunlight per day and has fertile, loamy soil.

  2. Determine the best time to plant: Corn is a warm-season crop and is best planted when the soil temperature has reached at least 50°F (10°C). This usually occurs in late spring or early summer, depending on your location.

  3. Prepare the soil: Corn grows best in fertile, well-drained soil. Before planting, amend the soil with compost, rotted manure, or other organic matter to improve its fertility and structure.

  4. Plant the seeds: Corn seeds should be planted in rows, spaced about 2-3 feet apart, with seeds spaced 6-8 inches apart within the row. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep, and water the soil well after planting.

  5. Water regularly: Corn requires regular watering, especially during dry spells. Water deeply once or twice a week to ensure the roots are receiving enough moisture.

  6. Fertilize: Corn is a heavy feeder and benefits from regular fertilization. Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer every 4-6 weeks, or as needed, to keep the plants growing strong.

  7. Monitor for pests and disease: Corn is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, so it's important to keep an eye out for any issues and treat them promptly.

  8. Harvest: Corn is ready to harvest when the ears are plump and the kernels are mature. Usually, this occurs about 100 days after planting. Allow the ears to dry on the stalk for about 4 weeks before harvesting. Allow another 4 weeks to dry on the ears is you're planning on using them to pop. Bundle the stalks together for an additional fall harvest decoration.