Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
ZEA mays 'Strawberry'
Ornamental Corn, Strawberry Ornamental Corn
A popping and ornamental corn in one, 'Strawberry' produces stubby, cone-shaped ears with showy deep-red kernels. Plants grow from seed to harvest in about 105 days. Allow the ripe ears to dry on the stalk, or dry them indoors in a warm well-ventilated location.
Corn is a warm-season annual garden vegetable. The tall grassy plants germinate and grow rapidly in warm soil and summery weather. They develop tall stalks with long, broad, arching green blades. Corn plants bear male, pollen-producing flowers in terminal tassels, and female, kernel-forming flowers in axillary "ears." Pollination occurs when airborne pollen lands on the silky threadlike stigmas of the ears.
"Hard" corns (such as popcorn and ornamental corn) come in a rainbow of colors, including blue, orange, red and near black. Isolate garden plantings of "hard" corn varieties (such as 'Strawberry') from those of sweet corn to prevent the different types from cross-pollinating.
Grow corn in full hot sun and fertile, nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. It grows best with regular watering. Plant several rows of 'Strawberry' for optimal pollination and a good harvest.
A number of diseases and pests plague corn. Corn earworms are common as are nighttime raids from raccoons. The grotesque fungal disease called corn smut is another problem to watch for.
12 - 5
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm
Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America
Green, Dark Green
Dried Flower/Everlasting, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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