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Blue Hopi Corn

Blue Hopi Corn

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Blue Hopi
Flint / Flour Corn

110 days — 'Blue Hopi' corn is an ancient flour corn variety that is generally used to make blue colored corn meal. It is currently gaining popularity for use in making tortillas, pancake mixes, cornbread mixes, corn chips, and cereal. It can also be used as a parching corn and because it is quite attractive, is often used as an ornamental.

The plants are bushy, five to eight feet in height, with eight to ten inch ears of smooth blue kernels. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 95 seeds.

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Planting Instructions: Soil must be at least 65ºF to germinate. Be patient and do not plant too early 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 1½ to 2½ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6 to 12 inches apart.

Harvest Information:

Pick the ears for dry grain or decoration when the husks are dry and the kernels are hard enough that you cannot make a dent in them with your fingernail. Many people pick the ears too early when kernels are still soft. If this is done they shrivel up and shrink and their beauty is destroyed. They cannot finish maturing once they have been picked.

Even though the ears look dry, there remains moisture deep within the cob. If you were to enclose them in a box, the moisture would cause them to sour and mold. You may let them dry longer on the plants if neither weather nor predators are damaging them. Otherwise hang them up or lay them out in the open until they are completely dry inside.

Source: Blue Corn by Duane L. Johnson and Mitra N. Jha, 1993