50 Organic Native Flint Corn Seeds - Heirloom & Non-GMO
Soil must be at least 65ºF for corn seeds to germinate but this is at the bottom end of the scale. Optimal conditions are between 77ºF an 84ºF. Be patient or you will waste a lot of seed! Plant in full sun and keep it watered. Corn is a wind-pollinated plant. Plant in blocks several rows wide to ensure full ears.
Sow seeds about one-half to one inch deep. They can be planted in rows, three to four inches apart, in spaced twenty four to thirty inches between rows. Thin to six to twelve inches apart.
I plant three to four seed in in the shape of a four inch triangle or square every foot.
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Starting seed in cell trays or small pots in the hothouse provides optimal germination conditions and therefore higher germination rates. It also allows you to start seeds earlier than normal while waiting for the ground to warm up and dry out and become workable. Another added benefit is that the stands are more evenly spaced and it eliminates the need to follow the old corn planting rhyme:
"One for the cutworm, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow"
Flint corn is known for its hard outer layer which protects the small, soft endosperm inside the kernel. This hard outer layer is said to be “as hard as flint” hence the name. They have a glassy appearance. It can also be “popped” when heated, but often the kernels will crack open rather than explode. The hardness of the kernel allows these varieties to store very well and be less susceptible to insect and rodent predation. Flint corns come in a large range of colors.
Culinary Uses: Because of its hard outer layer and lack of sugar, the recommended primary uses of flint corn are as a coarse cornmeal used for grits, polenta, and atole, as well as toasted and ground for pinole. You can nixtamalize flint corn to be used as hominy to make masa tortillas, or posole (a light pork or chicken stew, made starchy with the addition of hominy). Keep in mind that corn referred to as “flint” will often have a starchy, gummy texture.
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Seeds will be shipped through the regular mail using USPS and will not include tracking. We try to have germination instructions on all of our listings, though additional online researching is advised. We are not responsible for buyer germination success; seeds have been tested. Seed count is approximate, and packaged by weight. Seeds vary in size, weight is exact, and based upon empirical count, quantity is estimated. Liability of seller is limited to the cost of the item(s).