Ornamental Carousel Corn Seeds

$2.29
Carousel is an open-pollinated corn variety that produces colourful miniature ears, usually cultivated for their ornamental properties, but they can also be popped. The plants grow 6 to 8 feet tall and generally produce 3-4 ears per plant.

The small ears reach only 4-5 inches in length at maturity and they are sometimes plain red, but most often, the kernels are multicoloured, ranging from white to yellow, to orange, golden, and blueish purple. Ready in about 110 days, Carousel corn is a staple in fall arrangements and mixes beautifully with ornamental gourds and pumpkins.


- Latin Name: Zea mays
- Days to Maturity: 100-110
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Direct Sowing: After last spring frost
- Days to Germination: 7-14
- Germination Optimal Soil Temperature: 25-30°C 
- Planting Depth: 2-3 cm
- Seed Spacing: 2-3 seeds every 20 cm
- Thinning Seedlings: 1 plant every 30-45 cm once true leaves are established
- Row Spacing: 30-45 cm
- Plant Height: 180-220 cm
- Harvest: Ears are ripe once silks become brown, and kernels are full and plump. 
- Average Seeds Needed Per 10 m Row: 75
- Average Yield Per 10 m Row: 1-2 dozen ears

GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

It just wouldn’t be summer without enjoying fresh corn on the cob as often as possible. On top of being a beloved symbol of summer, corn can be popped, fashioned into festive decorations or used as animal feed.

It is advantageous to plant corn early because of its need for a long growing season. But, it will not fare well by being started indoors, transplanted or sown into cold soil. Wait until 2 weeks after the last frost to sow seed outdoors or when soil temperatures reach at least 16°C. Plant seeds 2 cm deep, 15 cm apart in rows 75-90 cm apart and water well.

Corn is a very heavy feeder of nutrients and water. If possible, plan ahead the fall prior and prepare the bed by mixing in a hefty amount of compost.

When plants reach 8-10 cm tall, thin them out to a distance of 20-30 cm. Corn has shallow roots, so mulch, weed carefully and water well.

About 2 cm of water/week should suffice. Give more in times of excessive heat or drought. An application of high-nitrogen fertilizer a couple times throughout the season will appreciably accelerate growth.

It is dependent on variety, but corn may take up to 100 days to mature. Warmer air will ripen ears faster. Pay attention to the tips of the ears, they will become more rounded when it’s time to pick. Other good indications of readiness are milky kernels and browning silk. When they reach this point, do not wait to harvest. Pull down on the ears and twist to remove from the stalk. If it is corn you plan on eating, prepare it immediately for consumption or preservation.

QUICK FACTS

- Corn is a cereal grain first domesticated in southern Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Imported into Europe by the navigator Christopher Columbus, corn quickly became a staple food in many parts of the world.

- To prevent cross-pollination from altering crop, plant at least 100 meters from other corn varieties or stagger planting by 20 days. Plant in blocks of at least four rows for proper pollination. 

- Corn seeds will remain viable for 2 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down. 

OUR SEED GUARANTEE

You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.

Picked and bagged for 2023 the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.

We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.

We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!