Exceptionally rugged and cold hardy plants that were bred in the frigid cold Montana Mountains where temperatures go as low negative 50 degrees. They thrive at higher elevations, can withstand reasonable drought and produce a good yield in a fairly quick time frame.
Bred by Dave Christensen from multiple varieties of open pollinated corn. Varieties that went into the genetic mix are old heirlooms grown by Native tribes for Centuries and homesteaders from the great white north.
Because of its genetic diversity, it is adaptable to multiple locations. The exceptionally colorful ears indicate a high nutrient content. Painted Mountain Corn can be eaten fresh like sweet corn, ground, roasted or made into a flour.
Early spring planting is best, allthough secondary plantings are not ruled out. You don't have to wait for the last possible frost date with this corn, go ahead and plant it early as it will survive planting in the cold, early spring soil.
For Decorations, Dry Grain or flour harvest the ears when the husks are dry and the kernels are hard enough that you cant make a dent in them with your fingernail. If harvested early, they are only good for fresh eating, they do not store very long at all, should be harvested when you are ready to eat them.
Sowing depth Aprox. 1 to 1.5 inches.
Germination 7 to 14 days.
Maturity at 80 - 95 days.
Seed Spacing - 4 to 6 inches apart.
Row spacing - 3 - 3.5 feet
USDA Hardiness Zones 4- 11
Color - Rainbow Mixed. Predominant red purple and orange red shades
Plant Size 4 - 6 Feet Tall
Ear Size - 5 - 7 Inches Long
Full Sun, but will tolerate partial shade with diminished yield.
Average Yields- Anticipate at least 2 to 3 Ears per Stalk Sometimes more as this variety has been known to produces side stalks which in turn produce more ears.
Corn has shallow roots, and uses a lot of nitrogen as well as trace elements. To help your crop get off to the best start possible, prepare the soil first with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Well rotted manure or compost is also helpful.
Plant in the northern side of the garden as corn stalks will deny sunlight to the rest of your garden crops ,you also might want to grow some where it will provide shade to plants that can not tolerate full sunlight.