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Blue Mesa Maize Flour Corn

Blue Mesa Maize Flour Corn

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This soft flour starch is ideal for blue cornbread, tortillas, etc. It has the same type of soft starch as Painted Mtn, famous for cornbread, and which won first place in a publicized masa and tortilla making trial. Nutrient dense. It has high antioxidant levels because of the predominantly dark blue kernels, and also a significant amount of blue germs, a very rare trait.

This quick growing Native corn endures early cold soil planting as well as blasts of summer heat. It is a Native heirloom composite selected for over 30 years. It's ancestry is 50% from the famous stress-resistant Painted Mountain Corn, and the other 50% is from four ancient concho corns from 8,000' elevation in the Rocky Mountains of the SW desert region. These are the survivors of years of drought in dry land northern Montana, adapted to the escalating climate change. For tomorrow’s climate survivors, and people around the world suffering badly from drought.

Plants are 5' tall for us under dryland cultivation. 6-12" long narrow cobs. 8-10 rows of kernels which allows them to dry fast.

This is not a hybrid. It is a genetically diverse open pollinated population. You can plant your own seed and watch it adapt to your location. Excellent nutrition for your food security seed bank.

Dave is trying to give the world several different genetic populations of stress hardy corn so people can see which lineage does best where they live as the planet heats up.

Dry grain in 110 days

Cultivation instructions are the same as for Painted Mtn. Plant early. Survives cold soil. Harvest when husks are dry and kernels are hard.

The seed we sell is produced and sold to us by its developer. Since 1970, Dave Christensen of Big Timber, Montana (Seed We Need®) has been continuously developing and refining this amazingly diverse corn variety. He has made it his life's work. We purchase our seed stock directly from Dave so by purchasing these seeds for your own garden, you are not only helping to support the seed variety preservation work of the Victory Seed Company, you are directly supporting another seed preservationist.

Each packet contains 1 ounce, which is approximately 120 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.