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Popcorn - not just for popping

 
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I'm just harvesting the last of my popcorn ears at the end of summer.
This is my first time growing popcorn (using cheap supermarket product).
I'm quite pleased with how easy it grows and it's hardiness.
Germination rates were extremely good.
The plants were Swamped with ants and aphids as flowering began, but it didn't interfere with ear production.
One to two quite small ears per plant, plants short 2-3ft.
Not using up as much soil goodness as more voracious crops.
The thin stems of popcorn were easy to chop and drop, quick to break down.

My favorite aspect is that the lone plants I grew far from the main block of plants still had reasonable pollination rates.
Maybe I got lucky with self pollination, but when I grow a lone sweet corn, it does not get pollinated much at all.

Popcorn tastes ok fresh and good when cooked - it is slightly mealy compared to sweetcorn, but I like the chewiness.
I think it's unfair to say popcorn is not at all sweet. It's sweet enough when fresh. Sweetcorn can border on being too sweet.
Totally immature cobs still taste alright, as long as they are fertilised. Even without showing a hint of yellow!
Finally, like most grains, you can chew the cut stems for a bit of sugary taste - chop n suck n drop.

I tried growing cowpeas through the corn, but the corn was too dense to allow the cowpea to do well.

Planting was a little dense, but I'm pleased with the harvest from a small space.
I think I could've planted months earlier, still getting used to the corn photoperiod signalling.
 
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thank you so much for this post...was talking to my little neighboring angel yesterday about planting a corn plot on his property...we just do not have the room to spare this year...well...i might...i am just being lazy really...i have ENOUGH on my plate and he wants a little garden plot...anyway...loved the post...never thought much of popcorn...say you got it at the grocery store?  :)

 
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Yes, I like getting a pound of seed for $3 rather than a little packet of 15 seeds for the same price from the gardening store.
And if you don't get around to planting it, you still have a big bag of popcorn to eat.

I'm really pleased with all the biomass left over after harvesting, chopped up it smells sweet and ready to decompose.

Finally a reason to look forward to stifling australian summers.
 
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