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PlantFiles: Dent Corn
Zea mays 'Mesquakie'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Mesquakie

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:
101 to 110 days

Kernel Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

One vendor offers this description: "120 days 8 foot plants of highly colored, almost glistening ears that are either shades of red or purple with yellow. A true local heirloom that came from a now-deceased lady, marie ketelsen. The seed was passed on to me by a mutual friend. It dates back many years to an early selection made in this area in the 1800's. While over the years I'm sure it has added some different genes, it is still a corn truly adapted to this area's climate and soil and is a terrific yielder."

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