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PlantFiles: Popcorn
Zea mays 'Chires'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:
more than 120 days

Kernel Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 15, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Seeds of Change offers this description: "These are the tiny ears of corn you often see in Chinese cooking. Can yield up to 40 ears of baby corn per plant. Plants often have 3 to 5 stalks with 8 to 12 ears per stalk. An unusual and flavorful variety. Seed corn directly when soil is warm and danger of frost has passed. Sow 3 seeds per foot in rows 30-42 in. apart. Plant in blocks of at least 4 rows for best wind pollination. Harves tips, harvest ears for fresh eating within 5 days of the appearance of silks. Remove the kernels from the cob to use for popcorn (add 45 to harvest time)."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jamestown, Ohio

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