Popcorn 'Strawberry'

Zea mays

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Strawberry
Additional cultivar information:(aka Two Inch Strawberry Popcorn, Red Strawberry Popcorn)
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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Kernel Color:



Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Phelan, California

Longmont, Colorado

Augusta, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Blair, Nebraska

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2008, CurtisJones from Broomfield, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: The diminutive strawberry-shaped ruby red ears on these stalks are an eye-catching unique addition to the back of the flower border. Save the ears for fall decor or harvest kernels for a delicious popcorn. Each Strawberry Corn stalk grows 2 or more 2-3' long ruby red strawberry-shaped ears on compact 4' stalks. At the end of summer, you can harvest the kernels for popcorn. Kids will love to watch the ruby red kernels magically turn white when popped! The stalks can be saved for fall decoration along with your pumpkins and gourds.


On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

SSE describes it as: "Small red strawberry-colored and shaped ears are good for popping and gorgeous for fall decorations. Heirloom strain, 2-4 ears per stalk, 5-6 ft tall. 100 days."


On Aug 10, 2005, rtsquirrel from Santa Cruz, CA wrote:

Found these seeds in a hardware store, I love popcorn, and strawberries, so... They're growing well, cant wait til they dry up so I can pop-pop-pop. Growing in 50-50 planting mix and compost, aphids and ants have to be dealt with.


On Nov 6, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a small ornamental popcorn. The ears are about the size of a large strawberry and the same basic shape. While the small kernals have excellent tenderness and flavor when used as a popcorn, the most extensive use is fall decorative displays.


On Oct 13, 2003, gomyway from Bancroft, MI wrote:

The plants grow between 3 and 5 feet tall. The corn are small in size (approx 1 1/2 - 3" long). The kernels are white and then turn a dark red as they mature. They can be used for fall decoration as well as for popping. This is a nice variety that is easy to grow. No pest/disease problems experienced in 2003.