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Pencil Cob Corn Seeds (73-100 days)

 

Pencil Cob is was named this way because the cob can be as thin as a pencil. 

This produces long and deep kernels. 

Considered a shoepeg dent corn that was typically used as a roasting corn, but very flavorful in its milk stage for frying or creaming.  Incredibly popular for southern style grits.  However, one of the folks here at Sustainable Seed swears it makes the sweestest corn bread and it's all she will use. 

Pencil Cob grows 6'-12' tall and produces 2-3 ears per stalk.

What makes Pencil Cob still so popular? 

It has a very hearty corn flavor that is missing in most modern corns. 

Considered one of the absolute best roasting corn types.

 

Seed Planting Depth

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1-2" 75-85 70-80 4-8 12-24" 6-8" 15 lb. Full

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Planting Tips:

When to Plant Heirloom Corn Seed:  The most common mistake people make is planting corn seed too early, making the seed rot in the cold soil.  Heirloom corn is believed to have originated in Mexico.  If you are thinking margaritas, palm trees, and hot sandy beaches, you are on the right track.  Heirloom corn hates the cold.  There are a few corn varieties that you can put in the soil when it's below 65 degrees, but not many.  If you want to get a jump start on corn, plant in the greenhouse and transplant corn to the garden later when ALL DANGER OF FROST IS PAST.  Do not let these corn transplants get much bigger than 4-6"s or they will not develop properly later.  Make sure what you plant your corn seed in has nice deep trays and try not to disturb the roots too much when transplanting your heirloom corn seedlings.

Planting heirloom corn seed: 
Corn does best on a deep, well-drained soil which has an abundant and uniform supply of water throughout the growing season. 

Fertilization:  The Indians were dead on when they planted a fish under every corn plant.  Heirloom corn is a greedy feeder and will produce much better with an ample supply of nitrogen.  I plant plenty of fava beans in the spring and chop them into the ground a few weeks before I plant corn seed.  Favas put amazing amounts of nitrogen into the ground naturally and without harsh chemicals.  I also work in plenty of composted manure and a bit of bone/blood meal.   Many folks use alfalfa in the same way as fava beans for excellent results with corn..

Bulk Heirloom Corn Seed For Sale:  You will find many of our heirloom corns in bulk quantities for sale.  We have tried hard to locate as many quality heirloom corn varieties as possible.  The greatest expense these days is shipping bulk heirloom corn wholesale because of the high fuel prices and the heavy weight of bulk corn quantities.  

Seeding Rate:

17,000-25,000 plants/acre, 14-20 lb. per acre.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.

Developmenalt Problems:

Many strange things can happen to corn when it is developing from seed emergence to harvest time.  This poster (to the right) from Ohio State University gives you a good illustration of what can and does happen.

This link from OSU is an excellent resource for troubleshooting potential issues with your corn as well: http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/corn/specialist-announcements/ear-abnormalities/troubleshooting-abnormal-corn-ears-and-related-disorders#LowTemp

 

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