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Organic Painted Mountain Corn

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(70-90 days)

  Sustainably Grown Corn Seed

Painted corn is extremely cold and drought tolerant for a corn.  This corn was developed in Montana by Dave Christensen over the past 30 years from over 1000 native and commercial strains of corn.   Painted Mountain corn grows about 5' tall producing ears about 7" long. 

Painted Mountain makes very tasty cornmeal for muffins, cornbread or chips.  This corn can also be eaten fresh or roasted in the early "milk" stage. Painted Mountain corn seed has an amazing level of protein at 13%.

Dave says when he has no plants down from wind and it is hand harvested he can get 105 bu/acre!  Excellent for an OP corn.

Very hard to find this true cold tolerant strain. 

Dave Christensen, the breeder of Painted Mountain, says...
"Painted Mountain grows fast even in cold climates where other corns struggle to stay alive in early spring. It also pollinates and fills out ears during the searing heat of the dry Montana summer. It takes 90 days to mature as dry grain in my cold mountain climate, about 2-4 weeks ahead of other "90 day" corn. Some people say the Painted Mountain makes dry grain in only 70 days when taken to a warmer climate. I have received many reports of yields around 50 bu/acre and often to 60 or 70 bu.acre.  This is very good for a very early corn in a stressed location. Keep in mind that the hybrid varieties often fail completely in these high stress locations.  I have gotten good production reports from every part of the USA , and many parts of the world from Siberia to South Africa .  Painted Mountain will grow food where many varieties will fail. Farmers find it a very efficient food source if grazed by livestock right off the field. The lack of woodiness in the stalks and soft starch of the grain give it a higher digestibility to animals than other corns.  The highly nutritious grain promises to have many uses for humans and farm animals.

I have spent most of my adult life creating this important gene pool of corn that is one of the most productive crops for stressed regions of the world.  This primitive corn is capable of helping many more people overseas, and farmers in the western USA, but it needs continued breeding to improve it.  I have developed many lines for many purposes, but I am only inching along compared to what could be done with more resources.  I am a corn breeder and I would appreciate help in improving this corn to help feed more people." copyright 2007

This particular strain is Grown by Dave himself and we got it straight from him.  Sorry, we don't have larger sizes availabe, but Dave says the deer got most of his crop this year.


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100' Row Yield


1-2" 150-200 70-80 4-8 12-24" 6-8" 15 lb. Full

Zea mays

Planting Tips:

When to Plant Heirloom Corn Seed:  The most common mistake people make is planting corn seed too early, causing the seed to 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 then 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 planting 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:

55,000-65,000 plants/acre, 18-40 lb. per acre.

Developmenal 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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