Japonica Corn

Plant Profile Japonica Corn

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Japonica corn ears and foliage


Heirloom - Open Pollinated

Germination 4 to 12 days

Maturity at 75 - 85 days.

Color - Foliage is striped pink, white, green, and yellow. Tassles: Dark Purple to Burgundy. Corn cob / kernels are Deep Red to Purple Black.

Seed Spacing - 5 to 9 inches apart. Although after thinning vicinity of 12 inch spacing is advisable.

Sowing depth 1 to 1.5 inches

USDA Hardiness Zones 3- 11

Plant Size 6 - 7 Feet Tall

Ear Size - 8 - 10 Inches Long

Full Sun

Average Yields per Sq. Footage

Japonica Corn is a variety of dent corn, not sweet corn. It can be eaten fresh even when picked at the right time, there is a very narrow window of opportunity as it only peaks in this department for a few days. Even when picked at the right time, well it just doesn't taste all that good which is the case with most dent corn. It is best used for grinding and as a flour corn See: Preserving Corn . It is most commonly grown as an ornamental, and oh my it most certainly is delectable eye candy. It's variegated leaves produce a fantasia of pink, yellow, white and green striped leaves with dark purple tassels.

If you are looking for a very colorful and aesthetically pleasing variety of Sweet Corn perhaps Glass Gem Indian Corn is the one you'd like. See: Unusual Corn Varieties

Corn Should be planted in blocks as opposed to rows and should not be planted near other varieties of Corn [See - Isolating Sweet Corn.] Cross pollination tends to produce poor tasting starchy corn.

Japonica Corn can be seeded directly into the soil, or it can also be started indoors and later transplanted. Whichever mode you choose, Plant it in blocks, at least four rows wide, for proper pollination and well-filled 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.