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Strawberry maize

Zea mays 'Strawberry'

Popcorn (Eng.), Springmielies (Afr.)

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A beautiful and interesting corn variety. Strawberry popcorn has attractive ruby red kernels, for decoration or popping for popcorn. When heated, the kernels will pop to make small to medium-sized popcorns.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Leave the cobs on the plant until they are fully mature (about 4 months), otherwise, the popcorn may not pop. The silks should be brown and dry. Dry them indoors for a further 14 days. Store the whole corn till needed by plating the dried outer leaves of the cobs and hang it up in a dry shed.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time is best in Spring or early Summer. Space the seeds 25 - 35 cm apart in rows. Sowing depth best 40 - 50 mm deep. Germination time is 5 - 7 days.

Special features

Crop rotation
Heavy feeder.
Pot plant
Needs a large container (half a wine barrel is a good choice).
Hedge plant
Effective fast grower that can serve as seasonal windbreak.

Geography

Origin
Tropical Americas
Natural climate
Warm

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
This popcorn has red kernels but when popped is a vivid white with some red centres that remain.

Personality

Family
Poaceae
Flower colour
, Cream, Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Stemborer, earworms and grasshoppers as well as the pests tagged. Pick bugs off plants or cobs as soon as they appear.

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