Organic Painted Mountain Corn - Zea mays
One of the favorite things we've ever grown, Painted Mountain lives up to it's name. You never know what to expect when shucking an ear, although you are guaranteed something beautiful. The individual kernels can be any color of the rainbow and beyond often having a star burst pattern. Bred to be the hardiest corn in the world, it is full of nutrition and has been used to help feed people stricken by famine. Developed by Dave Christensen from over 70 Native corn varieties many of which are now extinct. This corn can grow almost anywhere! The plants are short averaging about 5" and can be green or a wonderful magenta color. Often used as an ornamental, it is also great roasted, boiled as semi-sweet corn(at milk stage), used for hominy grits, or easily ground (you can use a clean coffee grinder or a vita-mix) into a nutritious flour for tortillas, corn bread, or griddle cakes.
- Sun: Full
- Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost
- Seed Count: 100
- Days to Maturity: 75-90
- Plant Size: 12"-18"
Plant in short blocks or short rows, for effective pollinating- a minimum of a 6' x ^' square is recommended. Needs nitrogen, phosphorous, moist soil and room to grow. Corn is a heavy feeder, amend soil after harvest.