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Growing 2 (or more) popcorn varieties together?

 
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We grew Cherokee longear popcorn last year, and I wanted to replant the seeds.  In retrospect, I probably didn't save enough seeds to maintain genetic viability in the long run.  My wife bought seed for a different multi-colored popcorn variety.  If we planted them near each other, will crossbreeding lead to problems?  I know that "modern" corn varieties are weird hybrids that do not reproduce plants of like kind, and saving the seeds is worthless, but if we grew 2 old varieties of popcorn, would any crosses be garbage, or would they be akin to having mixed breed chickens - maybe not ideal, but still functional.  Thanks for advice.
 
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I am not an expert. I grow dent corn, and have grown popcorn. My understanding is that corn needs to be 400ft apart?  One thought is that the best way is to find out is to grow the seed on and determine for yourself the viability/characteristics of the offspring? Could be interesting!
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lesley verbrugge wrote:I am not an expert. I grow dent corn, and have grown popcorn. My understanding is that corn needs to be 400ft apart?  One thought is that the best way is to find out is to grow the seed on and determine for yourself the viability/characteristics of the offspring? Could be interesting!
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I understand that, but I think I WANT to let them cross for genetic viability, at least at some level.  I am just wondering if that is a bad idea (letting them cross)
 
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That distancing sound about right. If seed purity is important you.

If you are just wanting Popcorn, right next to each other will be fine. Hybridization will occur on some kernals, but you will get popcorn from the seeds when you replant next year.

Joseph Lofthouse really freed my thinking about this category. In one of his posts he said that any time he plants a potato, it grows a potato. I entered the seed saving concept thru the Seed to Seed book . The book certainly has its place, but only if you are concerned with seed purity. I rarely am these days.
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