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Oaxacan Green Dent Corn

Oaxacan Green Dent Corn

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Oaxacan Green
Dent Corn

95 days — 'Oaxacan Green' dent corn is fairly early maturing for a dent-type corn and has its names suggests, produce ears ranging between seven to ten inches in length that are colored mostly in shades of green. Green colored corn kernels are actually fairly uncommon, making this variety popular with market growers who sell the dried ears for their ornamental value. Its stalks are vigorous and reach about seven feet in height.

Reportedly, this variety originates from Oaxacan region of Southern Mexico where it has been cultivated for centuries. The local people use it for corn flour and make it into tortillas and tamales. And like any dent corn, it can also be used for livestock feed. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 100 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.