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Sow the seeds indoors in pots or modules in April or outdoors in May or early June. Corn needs full sun, warm weather and plenty of compost in the soil. As the it is wind pollinated the plants should be arranged in a block with at least four rows of plants 60cm to 90cm apart. Within the rows the plants need to be about 30cm apart. The cobs are produced on the side of the plants with the corn-silk protruding. Pollen must land on this for the kernals to be produced. After the seeds have been fertilised they begin to swell and the silk dries out. This is when it is ready to be used as sweetcorn. For corn meal or seed corn the cobs are left on the plant until the plant dies back. Then the cobs are harvested and dried. The seeds are rubbed off the cobs and ground into flour. Small amounts can be done in a coffee grinder.

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Cascade Ruby Gold
Cascade Ruby Gold
Our Price: €2.80

Best short season corn we have tried so far. It even made a crop in 2012. The variety was bred by Carol Deppe, in Oregon. She describes it as THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL CROP. It can be used for cornbread, johnny cakes, and polenta. It produces solid-colored ears of several colors—red, red-brown, dark red, orange-gold, maple-gold, gold, and yellow. Interior kernel color is always yellow or gold. Each color of ear produces a different flavor of cornbread. The red shades make a rich-flavored cornbread; the yellow shades make a mild-flavored cornbread. Both make great polenta and johnny cakes. Recipes for cornbread, johnny cakes, and polenta made with this corn can be found in The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times.
Average 50 seeds per packet

This is an Open Source Seed Initiative Pledged variety. You are buying full rights to this seed rather than just renting it for a season. You have the right to use this seed however you want, breed with it, or even grow and sell the seed yourself. When you buy or accept this variety, however, you are agreeing to honor the OSSI Pledge.

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