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Hickory King White Dent Corn

Hickory King White Dent Corn

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Hickory King
Dent Corn

115 days — 'Hickory King' white dent corn stalks grow 7½ to nine feet tall. The ears range from seven to eight inches long with ten to twelve rows of large white kernels. This is a roasting corn variety that is also used for grits, meal, and tortilla flour, and in the South it is popular for hominy.

'Hickory King' was introduced by A. O. Lee of Hickory, Virginia who developed the variety out of a single ear of corn that he had received from a friend in 1880. W. Atlee Burpee described it in the 1888 Farm Annual as follows:
"This new white field corn has proved entirely distinct from all other varieties, and has unquestionably the largest grains, with the smallest cob of any white corn ever introduced."
According to Burpee's 1922 annual, it is best suited for areas south of Pennsylvania. Each ounce is approximately 55 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.