20 Organic Strawberry Popcorn Seeds - Heirloom & Non-GMO
Strawberry like kernels, great for decoration or popping
One of the best poppers of the ornamental types. Popular ornamental variety with ears shaped like very large, dark red strawberries. Kernels are rich mahogany-red color. Ears are 2 " long by 1-1/2 " wide, averaging 3 per stalk on 4' plants. Use for decoration or popping. Has high resistance to corn earworm due to "maysin", a naturally occurring antifeedant.
Strawberry popcorn heirloom plants are compact, just 5-6 feet in height, with buff colored foliage bearing two or so small 2- to 3-inch burgundy red ears. The maroon ears are shaped much like and reminiscent of strawberries, which are sure to thrill the kiddies. The end result, once harvested and dried, will delight children of all ages as the kernels pop and magically turn from red hued to white.
Growing Strawberry Popcorn Growing strawberry popcorn is a fun activity to involve the kids in. You can try growing strawberry popcorn in a Three Sisters planting along with beans and squash or, better yet, combined with dwarf sunflowers as the fourth sister! Keep in mind that strawberry popcorn, like all corn, cross pollinates with other varieties planted nearby, so keep this heirloom crop at least 25 feet from any sweet corn varieties you’re growing. Sow the seeds in full sun in well-draining, compost rich soil after all danger of frost has passed for your area. Either plant several rows or plant in a circle or clump to facilitate pollination. Space the seeds 8 inches apart. Feed with an all-purpose vegetable fertilizer twice during the growing season. Your adorable magenta red corn will be ready to harvest in about 100 days. Allow the ears to dry on the stalk for a month if using them as decoration. If you’re end goal is popcorn, let the ears dry for an additional month after picking. Use the stalks in combination with a mélange of pumpkins, gourds and dried cobs to create a colorful fall harvest motif.
For perfect popcorn, remove the kernels from the cob by twisting it or by rubbing two cobs together. Add oil and just three kernels of the strawberry popcorn to a large pot, cover and cook on medium high heat until you hear the kernels pop. Remove the popped kernels; they were just to test to see if the oil was hot enough to pop. Add the rest of your kernels to the hot oil and cover the pot. Take the pot off the heat for 30 seconds and then replace it on the heat. Shake the pot around to toss the kernels. Listen carefully. When the popping slows after 2 minutes or so, remove the pot from the heat.
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